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Pinot Noir Saddle Block, 2019

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2019 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.5% ALC/VOL

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Pinot Noir

Critic's Rating93 pts


A luscious wine with ripe dark fruits and bright floral aromas. Meaty nuances and fresh earth notes following the concentrated dark cherry flavours. Fine velvet texture and endurance on finish. Pairs well with grilled food.

Drink now or cellar for 8 years.

Winemaking: Pinot Noir clones 115, 777, 828 & 667 are separately hand harvested, destemmed and kept cold for 5-7 days before fermentation by indigenous yeasts commences. The time on skins is 16 to 21 days. After gentle pressing the wine is matured in French oak barrels for 13 months (25% new).

Residual Sugar: 1.05 g/L

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

93 pts

Of the three single vineyards, Spearhead makes, the Saddle Block shows the most restraint on the nose. Notes of dried cedar, dusty earth, salty bacon fat and beet greens are layered with red plum, sour cherry and red current aromas. The palate shows nice suppleness and pretty fruit. Nicely woven, a lovely mouth on this wine. Like all three of the single vineyard Pinots, decanting is recommended.

- Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Scores

Connoisseur Note(s):

93. Saddle Block is estate fruit in Southeast Kelowna and while the elévage is the same (as Coyote) the specs are a bit different on this wine. Higher brix and pH (warmer site) and just about the same acid energy though richness and depth are this pinot’s strength. Moves from one set of fortitude to another, initializing with righteous execution in extraction of optimally ripened berries. Travels across the palate with silken ease, unperturbed in spite of those strong structural urges, first and foremost created by balls of bouncing acidity. More sonorous depth indeed, if less excitable energy, as compared to Coyote. Wait a year and finish your bottles sooner. Drink 2022-2025. Tasted June 2021. ~ Michael Godel - Wine Align


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Tasting Notes

The 2019 vintage was a featured wine in April's Wine Club package, 2021.


Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vineyard: Saddle Block on Estate vineyard
Residual Sugar: 1.05 g/L
Cases Produced: 450


Appearance: Bright. Semi-opaque. Medium ruby colour.
Nose: Violets, dark cherry, raspberry, and a hint of smoke and black pepper.
Palate: Medium acid, medium+ tannin, medium body. Dry. Black pepper, dark cherry, cassis, smoke, cedar, and a slight vegetal note on the finish. Well balanced.
Quality: Outstanding. 90 points. Drink now or hold 3-4 years.


Food Pairing: Southwestern-style ribs, Szechuan tofu and veggies, cheesesteak stuffed peppers, pappardelle with rabbit & chestnut ragù, and chicken tikka masala with basmati rice.

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