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B.C. Pinots 2012 x 6 & 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.    […]

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Emandare Vineyard

This profile is taken from a book-in-progress that I am writing about pinot noir in British Columbia. As well as examining where B.C. fits into the world of pinot noir, technical details of vineyard management and winemaking, one of the book’s main components will be the story of the grape at every pinot noir producing winery […]

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Zanatta Pinot Nero 2009 Label Detail

Horizontal Tasting B.C. Pinot Noirs 2009s 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

#25 Kettle Valley Winery – Vertical 1998-2005

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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BC Pinot Noir Averill Creek label detail

#24 Averill Creek Vertical 2012-2005

Road Trip To A Rare Tasting At Averill Creek Caramel, blueberry. Bright fruit – good acid tannins very smooth and soft tangerine came out later. Beautiful wine – hold  – LC Sour cherries and savoury herbs. Leave in cellar – taste every two years and make sure there is a case left in 20 years […]

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Tantalus Pinot Noir 2007 Label Detail

Tasting #23 – 2007s & 2008s

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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Tasting #22 – 2012s and 2011

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

Tasting #21 – 2011 Vintage 4th Round

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

Tasting #20 – The 2010s Third Round

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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Moraine Pinot Noir 2012 Label Detail

Tasting #19 – Round Two 2012s

Wines from the Penticton/Naramata Bench,Kelowna, Oliver and a Guest Pinot from Oregon Evolved amazingly – LC Layered, aromatic fruit plus some barrel markings – BG Big smoky/chocolate/espresso nose. Fruit is not obvious, very distinctive – EH #1 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir 2012  13% Quality Rating: B ~ 92    Value Rating: B to B+ […]

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