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Howling Bluff Pinot Noir Century Blocktext
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16¾/20

Howling Bluff Pinot Noir Century Block 2014

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIt’s our first look at the Century Block and it doesn’t disappoint. The name is an hommage to the site that was home to over 100 different apple varieties back in the 1980s. Today the vineyard is planted to clones 666 and 777. You feel the richness of theses clones on the nose and the palate, taking me toward Central Otago. The fruit spends a year in new French oak and it seems to be able soak it up without too much bother. The flavours are darker (black fruits) and deeper than the Summa Quies with a savoury, sagebrush, spicy undercurrent. Soft, warm and silky this would be the perfect wine for duck. Impressive and definitely on track to become a Naramata terroir wine.Tasted: 22 August 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 75.00 private wine shops Producer: Howling Bluff Estate WinesDistributors: Vinterra Wine Merchants
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Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 604603UPC: 626990258773