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Howling Bluff Pinot Noir Acta Vineyard
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Howling Bluff Pinot Noir Acta Vineyard 2015

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaHowling Bluff has become a model BC wine producer, using no pesticides or chemical fungicides and working vigorously to become a net zero energy user by the early 2020s. It’s more impressive when you taste this pinot noir, and in particular, this delicious 2015 Acta (beach) Vineyard. The site is all 777 and planted on a western sloping ancient seabed. A decade of vintages has given the family a historical base to meet every growing challenge and a chance to reflect on their use of wood, now down to roughly a year in wood, and that is split almost evenly between new, one-year-old and two-year-old barrels. This 2015 is the richest we have tasted from HB, plumped by a warm year, but it’s all in balance and focus. This pinot fills the mouth (its prime duty by the way) with warm, silky, dusty cherry fruit that finishes soft and long, flecked with brown spicing. It also has a touch of savoury Okanagan, keeping it in point and perfect with grilled salmon.Tasted: 27 July 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 35.00 private wine shops Producer: Howling Bluff Estate WinesDistributors: Vino Allegro Wine Imports Inc.
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Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 36106UPC: 626990258841