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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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Caps Corks Capsules 2007 BC Pinot Noirs Tasting 6

Tasting #6 – A Second Taste of the 2007’s

Wines of Kelowna, the Islands, Okanagan Falls and the Similkameen Valley “Cinnamon/ground ginger, floral note, cherry; slight caramel note – grew stronger” – LC “Hint of dill, fruit is hidden” – JL   “Damp earth, geraniums, cooked fruit, earthy” -EU   #1 Faively Bourgogne “Paulee” 2007  12.5% Quality Rating: D+ ~ 82    Value Rating: D […]

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BC Pinot Noir Tasting Review 5 Stags Hollow 2006 Label Detail

Tasting #5 – A Second Sampling of the 2006 Vintage

Lovely wines from West Kelowna, Okanagan Falls and Naramata.  Some good values, an outstanding “guest pinot” from Oregon “long, fruity finish-slightly toasty and gaining complexity with air- cherries”- JL “Sweet, coffee, cinnamon. Well balanced/elegant. Long finish” – LC   #1 Saturna Island Pinot Noir Vintner’s Select 2006  13.7% Quality Rating: C+ ~  88   Value Rating: […]

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BC Pinot Noir Howling Bluff Summa Quies 2008 Label Detail

A Taste of the 2008 Vintage #4

Standouts from Penticton, Summerland, West Kelowna and Lillooet!  A “guest pinot” from New Zealand “Sweet nose, earthy-dusty, spices (? mace, cinnamon, overlying strawberry & caramel” – LC “Bright fruit, nice acid & tannin, a hint of spiciness, (vanilla, cloves, nutmeg)” – KM   #1 Fairview Eagle Bluff Estates – Crooked Post Pinot Noir 2008  12.5% […]

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Caps Corks & Capsules 2005 BC Pinot Noirs Tasting 3

Tasting #3 – Are the 2005s alive?

Digging back to 2005, for wines from the Cowichan Valley, Saturna Island and the Okanagan. “Roses, black tea, earth, woods”- EU “Very dry, tannic, slightly bitter, where’s the fruit?”- JL    #1 Tinhorn Creek Pinot Noir 2005  14.1% Quality Rating : D+ ~ 82    Value Rating: D+ to C- Price: $18.00 Eye LC: Garnet/Brick, clear    […]

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BC Pinot Noir Stoneboat Pinot Noir 2007 Label Detail

Tasting #2 – Sampling the 2007 Vintage

There were many standouts, with wines from Kelowna, West Kelowna and Oliver. We found one terrific value and the “guest pinot” was from Burgundy. ” Burgundian, mushroom, earthy, strawberry on finish. Rich from start  to finish” MW ” Very ready to drink, silky, baked fruit, finishes with sweet spice flourish ”  BG #1 Kalala Pinot […]

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BC Pinot Noir Tasting Review 1 Le Vieux Pin Emoi 2006 Label Detail

Tasting #1 – The Excellent 2006 Vintage

Wines from Naramata, Oliver, Kelowna, Okanagan Falls & Summerland. One stunning value and a “guest pinot” from Chehalem, Oregon “Cinnamon – tannic & tart–spiced game – good balance. Very long and rich, nutmeg – sweet edges”-JL   “balanced,elegant,mouthwatering,subtle, but lovely”-AKG “Pine cones,forest,nutty”- PAK #1 Thornhaven Barrel Reserve Pinot Noir 2006  11.45% Quality Rating: D- ~ […]

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