Anyone can learn about wine from a book. Not everyone is lucky enough to live close to a wine region that grows many different grapes from around the wine world, and does so many of them so well. BC's diversity is its strength, so this series will help you learn about wine the best way we know how: by tasting.
Thanks to the movie Sideways, Merlot fell out of favour with BC consumers for a few years, and Pinot Noir made its inroad with growers and drinkers. Known as the heartbreak grape for its finicky growing nature, wineries and growers from a wide variety of regions in BC have chosen to plant and work with it anyway, in hopes of achieving the kind of glory Pinot Noir is known for. Let your mouth decide where you think it is most successful!
Tantalus 2018 Pinot Noir
The east side of Kelowna is known for being prime Pinot Noir territory, and we think Tantalus' version demonstrates why. Deep crimson in colour, this wine juxtaposes sweet berry and lifted floral aromas against notes of fresh earth and mushroom. Hints of anise and fennel round out the complex aromatic profile. The earthy character follows through on the palate along with dusty cocoa, black plum, chokecherry and baking spice. The finish is long and structured with a vein of minerality and promises a long, age-worthy life for this wine.
Howling Bluff 2017 Cronie Family Pinot Noir
The Acta Vineyard: our Northern most vineyard on the Naramata Bench. It is western facing, rock, sand and gravel soil. The vineyard is all clone 777. Aged for 12 months in 30% new, 35% second fill and 35% third fill French oak. On the nose is raspberry, spice and dark fruit, echoed on the palate with dark cherries, light smooth tannins and a silky long finish.
50th Parallel 2018 Pinot Noir
Zanatta Winery Pinot Nero
From Vancouver Island's oldest winery comes this Cowichan Valley Pinot Nero grown on the winery's steepest gravel slopes, producing complex fruit and spice flavours. The wine is aged in a combination of old and new French barrels, producing subtle oak flavours with highlights of vanilla and tobacco and an integration of black pepper and raspberry notes.
Baillie-Grohmann 2018 Pinot Noir
From Creston, which is situated on a glaciated valley countryside composed of rolling hills lying between the massive Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges, moderated by Kootenay Lake, comes this estate Pinot Noir.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Terraces is a deep ruby red. Cherry, plum, dried herbs and oak spice show through on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with great acidity and supple tannins. This wine carries through to a long rich, velvety finish.
Haywire Wines 2018 White Label Pinot Noir
From Oliver's organic Secrest Mountain Vineyard comes this naturally-fermented, authentic Pinot Noir with a brick-Burgundy colour and an explosion of raspberries, cherry and spice. It was native fermented in clay amphorae as well as concrete before blending and bottling. A juicy, complex Pinot Noir just coming into its perfect drinking window.