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VIWF 2017 Preview – Canadian Pinot Noir Part 1

Taste 50 Different Canadian Pinot Noirs in One Room The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival runs from February 11-19 and offers pinotphiles a special opportunity to taste some outstanding pinot noirs from both British Columbia and Ontario. Thus far confirmed, thirty-two wineries (including four from Ontario) will be pouring fifty different pinot noirs.   Many of […]

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Zanatta Pinot Nero 2009 Label Detail

Tasting #26 – More 2009s

  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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Fort Berens Pinot Noir 2012 Label Detail

Tasting #18 – 2012 Vintage First Round

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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