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Hand harvested in mid-October from our Dijon clones - 144, 777 and 828; carefully sorted and co-fermented in small lots. After gentle pressing this sophisticated wine was aged in large format barrels (500 and 265L) for 12.5 months before bottling without sterile filtration.
This wine integrates classic Pinot character with the minerality* and structure that distinguish our spectacular, limestone rich slopes.
Awards & Ratings
This wine was featured in the monthly Wine Club in February 2017.
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Vineyard: Estate Vineyard
Cases Produced: 420
Appearance: Clear, pale purple core becoming slightly brick red towards rim.
Nose: Italian plum and plenty of soft berry fruit: raspberries, strawberries, blackberries; slightly perfumed.
Palate: Lightweight and buoyant with stewed raspberries and blueberries, caramelized orange rind, roasted Red Have peach, nutmeg, and very light tannins.
Quality: A high-quality, bright and elegant Pinot Noir that’s lively with juicy acidity and just enough tannic structure to make it suitable for bolder dishes like braised meats.
Food pairings: Wild mushroom risotto, fried chicken, barbecued salmon, cassoulet, pan-seared duck breast.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
What a pretty Pinot Noir we have here! While it’s not uncommon for summer temperatures in the Okanagan Valley to get into the high-thirties, which allows a hearty ripeness to grapes on the vine – the presence of Lake Okanagan allows for climate moderation, along with nights that can get outright chilly. It’s due to these conditions that we can have a Pinot Noir like Ann Sperling’s 2015 edition that’s chock-a-block with concentrated berry fruit, yet it retains enough natural acidity and loftiness to make it fresh as a daisy. Extra points to the winemaking team for not getting too heavy-handed with vinicultural trickery in the winery; standing back and just letting the fruit do its thing has worked wonders.
- Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight