• Godfrey Brownell Pinot Noir 2006 Label Detail

    Tasting the 2006s Eight Years After #12

    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

    2011 Reviews – a Good Year for Pinot? #11

    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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  • 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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