2017 Pinot Noir Cuvee
Gentleman's Farmer Vineyard in Southeast Kelowna.
Pinot Noir clones 828, 115, 667 and Mt. Eden are separately hand harvested, destemmed to small batches and cold soaked for 5-7 days before fermentation by indigenous yeasts. The total time on skins is 16 to 21 days. After gentle pressing, the wine completes malolactic fermentation and is aged 13 months in French oak barrels (40% new).
Sweet black plum, minerals, and violet floral notes unfold. A deeply concentrated palate with dark red berry and cherry fruit mingling with gamey, savoury, and dried herb flavours. Drink now or will reward careful imprisonment for 10-20 years.
350 cases produced & 50 1.5 L magnums
Bronze - 2019 Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Awards
Rating: A - Gutsy yet silky ♦ In relatively short order the winery has built a super serious Pinot program, focusing on site-specific terroirs matched to distinct PN clones. Their Cuvee is one example out of a handful of tasty Pinots, and their flagship bottle is sumptuous and well integrated, showing a beguiling combo of ripe berry and dried herb.
* James Nevison - Wine Guy
A solid Pinot Noir with a light touch overall on the aromas and flavours on the palate. Ripe raspberries and light red cherries smoky toastiness on the nose. Very floral on the palate with lesser amounts of raspberries and red fruits. Fine tannins.
* Karl Klip - My Wine Pal
91 pts ♦ The nose is cool, with floral, red fruit and spice notes. The mid-weight palate is a mix of mineral, saline, black plums, black raspberry with just a dusting of brown spicing. Round, soft, easy sipping, it will be best drinking over the next three to five years.
* Anthony Gismondi on Wine
91 pts ♦ Opening with a youthful, layered nose of creamy raspberry, forest floor, huckleberry and sweet, smoky, BBQ Salmon crackling aromas. A full, yet, lively, dry palate follows with a similar mix of sweet and savoury flavours; dark cherry, cocoa, light smoke, vanilla and a touch of spicy oak and amaretto liqueur on the long finish.
* Liam Carrier - Icon Wines
95 pts ♦ The aromas mingle toasty notes with plum and cherry. On the palate, the fruit is concentrated, with almost meaty flavours of plum and cherry. The polished texture will support aging – as the winery says, “careful imprisonment for 10-20 years.”
* John Schreiner on Wine