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Mirabel Pinot Noirtext
91POINTS
16¾/20

Mirabel Pinot Noir 2016

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMirabel Vineyards is owned by the Reimers, Doug and Dawn, long-time grape growers situated on a rolling hillside in south-east Kelowna. For years they sold their fruit to local wineries (does Meyer Reimer Vineyard Pinot Noir strike a bell?), and some went to Foxtrot as well. The vineyard's name is Mirabel, and beginning with the 2016 vintage the Reimers are taking back full control of their fruit to sell it under the Mirabel Vineyards label. The site is moderately steep with a cool, northwesterly aspect, and the soil a mix of alluvial and windblown silt over gravel. The vineyard is planted with a mix of French Pommard and Dijon clones farmed sustainably. There is no winery facility yet, so the wine is made in Summerland under the tutelage of winemaker Matt Dumayne at Okanagan Crush Pad. The 2017 is the best of the New World pinot noir style, and testament to the quality of fruit coming out of the north Okanagan. Rich and juicy, with both black and red fruit and a fair bit of spice, it takes me to coastal Sonoma. The key is the balance in this well-made pinot. Highly drinkable already with pork, chicken, veal, mushrooms.Tasted: 27 June 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 70.00 winery direct; private wine shops Producer: Mirabel VineyardsDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: Pinot NoirUPC: 626990267683