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Caps Corks Capsules 2010 BC Pinot Noirs Tasting 14

Tasting #14 – The 2010s – Second Round

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

Tasting #13 – Second Round 2011s

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 #12 – The 2006s Eight Years After

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

Tasting #11 – Is 2011 a Good Year for Pinot?

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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A Tasting of the World’s Best Pinot Noirs?

  Decanter World Wine Awards in London World’s Best? Really? Well yes, mostly so, but it depends on whose calling it the “best” doesn’t it?  In this case, it is in fact the prestigious English publication Decanter magazine’s World Wine Awards. There is one “but” in all this however.  Let me explain… Mission Hill Family […]

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Caps Corks Capsules 2009 BC Pinot Noirs Tasting 9

Tasting #9 – A Range of 2009s

Pinot noirs from the Fraser Valley, Okanagan Falls, West Kelowna, Oliver, the Cowichan Valley and a guest pinot from Martinborough NZ “Cherry, vanilla aroma, caramel and fig ” – KM “black fruits, some pinot magic, long echoing aftertaste, marinated fruit, licorice ” – BG   #1 Vista D’Oro Pinot Noir 2009  12% Quality Rating: B- […]

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Caps Corks Capsules 2007 BC Pinot Noirs Tasting 8

Tasting #8 – 2007s 3rd Round

Pinot noirs from the Similkameen Valley, Okanagan Falls, Peachland, Summerland, Skaha Bench and West Kelowna “light floral,cherry,balsamic, celery seed” – EU “long finish , well balanced, huckleberry going into smoked oyster, cedar” – AKG   #1 Orofino Pinot Noir 2007  12.8% Quality Rating: B- ~ 90    Value Rating: C to C+ Price: $32.00 Eye LC: […]

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Caps Corks Capsules 2008 BC Pinot Noirs Tasting 7

Tasting #7 – A Second Taste of 2008

Wines from Lake Country, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos and a “guest pinot” from Russian River, California “Waft of prune, darker fruits, bit of herbs” – BG “Very faint-notes of mushroom and cardboard-slight strawberry & earth tones emerge after time” – JL   #1 Road 13 Pinot Noir 2008  12.8% Quality Rating: C+ ~ 88    […]

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