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Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir-Old Block McLean Creek Vineyardtext

Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir-Old Block McLean Creek Vineyard 2016

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEarly 2016 looked a lot like 2015 with warm, dry conditions, early bud burst, and a warm advanced harvest, but cool and wet weather brought all that to a halt in July extending the season back into a more normal and acceptable time frame for pinot noir maturation. The Old Block, one of the original vineyard plantings in 1994 and part of the largest block of pinot noir at McLean Creek Road, was harvested at 25 brix on Oct 9th. The clone is unknown. It has a steep southerly aspect to capture the full range of the sun and you can taste it in the density and weight of this wine. The rest of the story is Chris Carson not doing too much. The fruit is de-stemmed via gravity into small open top fermenters (15 percent goes in whole cluster). After a cold soaking there is an indigenous fermentation before it spends 11 months in (30 percent new) French oak. Only 350 cases made. Beautiful, supple, dark cherry fruit with flecks of what I like to term mineral mud. It’s a fresher version of the 2015. Again finesse, persistence and the individuality of this wine makes it a special bottle.Tasted: 07 March 2018Tasted by: Prices:
BC$50.00750mlwinery direct, vqa, private retail
Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: Olivier Brands
Vagabond Merchants
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 770818UPC: 808755012985