• Comparing 2012s and 2011s #22

    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

    4th Round of 2011 B.C. Pinot Noirs #21

    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

    A Third Horizontal Tasting of 2010s #20

    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

    Round Two B.C. Pinot Noir 2012s #19

    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

    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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