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Fort Berens Pinot Noir 2012 Label Detail

First Reviews – Six From The 2012 Vintage #18

Wines from Summerland, Cobble Hill, Lake Country, Lillooet and a ringer from New Zealand Medium long finish but very appealing, nicely balanced, elegant – feminine – LC Rose, cigar, smoke, earth, complex – EU Vanilla, oak, cloves, floral, roses, effortlessly beautiful, pine, forest floor, cross currents of cherry, raspberry – projected bouquet. – BG #1 […]

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La Frenz Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 Label Detail

2011s – Cedar Creek Blks 2 & 4, Meyer McLean’s Creek, a Ken Wright Pinot & World’s Best Martin’s Lane #17

Cedar Creek Platinum Blocks 2 & 4, Meyer McLeans Creek Rd.  a Ken Wright guest pinot and world champion Martin’s Lane Bright acidity, cranberry, plum, white pepper tingle. – EU Doesn’t taste like pinot exactly – dark fruit. – AKG Juicy acidity, long, dances between fresh and savoury fruit. – BG #1 Carson Pinot Noir […]

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Salt Spring Pinot Noir 2008 Label Detail

Looking Back Six Years On The 2008s #16

We taste wines from three Salt Spring Island wineries, the Cowichan Valley, Kelowna, Oliver and Burgundy Geranium, slight wax crayon, pomegranate – LC Very tannic, bitter, tree bark, something green not fruity – AKG Supple, beautiful fruit, pomegranate, long, acidity low, roses – BG #1 Salt Spring Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008 12% Quality Rating: C […]

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Starling Lane & 40 Knots Pinot Noir 2009 Label Details

2009 B.C. Pinot Noirs – Four Years After #15

Pinots from Vancouver Island, the Similkameen & Okangan Valleys and a Spatburgunder Palate follows nose, savoury, cherries, wine in balance, good quality, simple -JG Savoury fruit, blueberry and chestnut echoes, balanced – BG Chalky tannins in balance with subdued fruit and crisp, food friendly acidity-Jacquelin G #1 Arns und Sohn Blauer Spatburgunder 2009 13% Quality […]

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Caps Corks Capsules 2010 BC Pinot Noirs Tasting 14

Second Horizontal Tasting of 2010s #14

Reviewing Pinots From Okanagan Falls, Abbotsford, Naramata Bench, Summerland, Penticton and a “Guest Pinot” from Oregon Some bright acidity along with integrated tannins-well-balanced – Jacquelin G Dark cherry, some wood notes, will develop, fruit should persevere – BG  #1 Black Cloud Fleuvage Pinot Noir 2010 12.9% Quality Rating: D to D+ ~ 81    Value Rating: […]

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Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2011 Label Detail

Second Round Reviews of B.C. Pinot Noir 2011s #13

Wines from Okanagan Falls, Comox , Kelowna, and a Guest Pinot from Oregon Big all the way through  flavour sequence, lovely pomegranate inflected fruit – BG Beets! coffee & caramel, earthy – forest floor with rotting damp leaves, lots of complex aromas – Jacquelin G #1 Beaumont Pinot Noir  2011 12.5% Quality Rating: C- ~ […]

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Godfrey Brownell Pinot Noir 2006 Label Detail

Tasting the 2006s Eight Years After #12

Wines from the Okanagan and Cowichan Valleys, a “guest pinot” from Ontario “Blueberry, cinnamon. well balanced mid-body, longish finish” – LC “a wine that pulls you to it, wonderful balance, layered fruit/forest/touch of caramel” – BG #1 Blasted Church Pinot Noir 2006 13.8% Quality Rating: C+ ~ 88    Value Rating: C to C+ Price: […]

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Liquidity Pinot Noir 2011 Label Detail

2011 Reviews – a Good Year for Pinot? #11

Wines from Abbotsford, Okanagan Falls, Osoyoos, Naramata & a “guest pinot” from Oregon “Strawberry and cranberry driven, blueberry, pomegranate, balanced, integrated.” – JD “Mouth watering, long nice balance, spicy, oak notes. Liked it!” – AKG #1 Castoro de Oro Pinot Noir 2011 13% Quality Rating: C- to C ~ 85  Value Rating: D+ to C- […]

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Baillie Grohman Pinot Noir 2010 Label Detail

Tasting #10 – How ready are the 2010s?

Wines from Oliver, Naramata, West Kelowna and Creston – “Guest Pinot” from Chile “Cherry flavours come to life, depth, earthy notes of barn, hay, mushrooms…” – JG “Very ripe fruit, long building finish, black cherry -bing cherry on finish” – EU #1 Cassini Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 13.5% Quality Rating: C ~ 86    Value […]

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Van Westen Pinot Noir 2011 Label Detail

A Van Westen Kitchen Tasting

Along with a few other “usual wine suspects”, Margaret kindly invited me to an informal tasting of Van Westen wines in her Vancouver kitchen.  Her brother Robert, the winemaker, was in town and had brought some “treats” with him.  I had previously only tasted the Van Westen white blends at a crowded wine event so […]

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