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Tasting B.C. Pinot Noir 2013s With One From Carneros #30

A tasting here of some rare B.C. Pinots from Vancouver Island, Naramata Sub-GI and Kelowna along with one from a B.C. “virtual winery”, contrasted with a classic from Carneros. Name of Wine Price Quality Rating #1 Emerald Coast Pinot Noir 2013 $20.00 C ~ 86 #2 Black Cloud Cumulus -Nimbus Pinot Noir 2013 $45.00 C+ […]

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Tasting B.C. Pinot Noir 2011s Plus One From Oregon #29

Wines from Naramata, Summerland, Kaleden, Oregon & Kelowna 2011 was a very cool vintage in the Okanagan with a wet Spring delaying bud break and flowering but it was compensated for by a warm September and October. Overall, pinot noirs in B.C. from this year tended to be lower in alcohol, a little less concentrated […]

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Tasting B.C. Pinot Noir 2012s With 1 from New Zealand #28

Pinot Noirs: Summerland, Naramata, Kelowna, Oliver & Lake Country Focused fruit, pomegranate, excellent balance – BG Cherry, watermelon, jasmine, dried strawberry – EU Warm earth, Mediterranean herbs, plum – AKG #1 Bench 1775 Pinot Noir – 2012 13.3% Overall Quality Rating: C- ~ 84 Price: $29.00 Eye LC: Garnet – Brown.    BG: Pale, Garnet rim.    AKG: […]

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Herder BC Pinot Noir 2010 Label Detail

B.C. Pinot Noir 2010s Panel Reviewed – Okanagan, Similkameen &  Cowichan Valleys Vs. Carneros #27

Wines From the Okanagan, Similkameen &  Cowichan Valleys Meet One From Carneros EU: Wild Rose, potpourri, tangerine, sweet spice AKG: spicy, floral, nasturtium, cherry notes in ending BG: Very silky mouth feel, floral/violets, plum, cherry #1 Niche Pinot Noir 2010 11.8% Overall Quality Rating: C+ to B- ~ 89 Overall Value Rating:  C+ to B- […]

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Zanatta Pinot Nero 2009 Label Detail

Horizontal Tasting 2009 B.C. Pinot Noirs Vs. Willamette #26

  Pinot Noirs from Creston, Vancouver Island, Oliver and a “guest pinot” from the Willamette Valley Licorice, caramel, red fruits, pepper tingle with balanced acidity – EU Low tannins and sufficient acidity to knit it all altogether – BG Toasted oak vanilla, cranberries, huckleberry – AKG #1 Domaine Rochette A Midsummer Night Pinot Noir 2009 […]

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Kettle Valley Pinot Noir Hayman 2005 Label Detail

Kettle Valley Winery – Pinot Noir Vertical 1998-2005 #25

Single Vineyard & Reserve Wines Plus A Beaune Premier Cru Forest floor,Sherry, red liqorice .  – AKG Nice cranberry, strawberry, herbal, horehound.  – EU Roses and cherries with depth, truffle, earth – raspberries  – BG 20+ Pinot Noir Vintages Kettle Valley Winery is one of a handful of BC wineries who have been making pinot […]

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Tantalus Pinot Noir 2007 Label Detail

Looking Back On The 2007s & 2008s #23

Wines from Lake Country, Kelowna, Narmata and a guest pinot noir from  California’s Anderson Valley Strawberry, sweet vanilla, watermelon, creamy on finish – EU Charred. Fruity but way too overpowered by smokiness. – LC Silky texture. Barrel marked, blueberry, plum – BG #1 Arrowleaf Solstice Pinot Noir 2007 13.8% Quality Rating:  C to C+ ~ […]

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Comparing 2012s and 2011s #22

Wines from West Kelowna, Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls and a guest pinot from Oregon Dark chocolate, velvety smooth tannins, grilled herbs, balsamic note mid back palate. – VS Well-balanced complex fruit. Tantalizingly subtle! – Jacquelin G Smoky – dark toast, wood, dark fruits (blackberry, cherry), forest floor. – EU #1  Mission Hill Red Barn Pinot Noir […]

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Inniskin Dark Horse Pinot Noir 2011 Label Detail

4th Round of 2011 B.C. Pinot Noirs #21

Pinot Noirs from the the Golden Mile, Okanagan Falls, Cobble Hill, Penticton, Oliver and a “Guest Pinot” from Brazil Sweet vanilla, dark cherry, toasty oak, strawberry, very ripe fruit… – EU Salty caramel, raspberries, blueberries, toasted notes, vanilla… – AKG #1  De Vine Pinot Noir 2011 12.8% Quality Rating: C- to C ~ 85    Value […]

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Sirens Call Pinot Noir 2010 Label Detail

A Third Horizontal Tasting of 2010s #20

Tasting Pinot Noirs from Summerland, Naramata, Kelowna, Abbotsford and a “Guest Pinot” from Burgundy Good strawberry, sour dark cherry, Kirsch, floral (Jasmine, rose). – EU Great mouthfull, well-balanced, Rainier cherries, salmonberries, huckleberries, baking spices, easy to get lost in… – AKG #1 Silkscarf Pinot Noir 2010 13% Quality Rating: C- to C ~ 85    Value […]

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