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Stag's Hollow Renaissance Pinot Noir
90POINTS
16½/20

Stag's Hollow Renaissance Pinot Noir 2015

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe very best lots at Stag’s Hollow fall under the Renaissance moniker and in terms of pinot noir this is only the sixth produced in 21 years (now that’s a ratio we can get behind.) Winemaker Dwight Sick has selected barrel lots from the winery’s two vineyard sites: Stag’s Hollow and Shuttleworth. The Renaissance style is always a jump up in texture and weight from their regular label, and after two decades of experience, the pinot character is pure. A sign of better fruit is 47 percent new French oak, the remainder is aged in second use oak. Savoury and complex on the nose it is a 47/26.5/26.5 mix of clones: Pommard, 115 and 667 that are whole berry fermented, and bottle unfined and unfiltered. This is a bigger, peppery version of Okanagan pinot (in a very warm year) with a hint of tannin in the back end but it’s not without its charm. Best with duck or grilled salmon.Tasted: 26 February 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 35.00 winery direct Producer: Stag's Hollow Winery and VineyardDistributors: HQ Wine + Spirits
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 540740UPC: 626990025931