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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Fort Berens Pinot Noir
86POINTS
15½/20

Fort Berens Pinot Noir 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPouring a brownish red hue, this earthy, soft pinot noir is three quarters estate and the remainder from The Rise Vineyard in Vernon. The whole was aged in French oak for nine months, including 30 percent new. The wood is over-evident in its framing of the gentle pinot, one sided with light wood-grained tannins that wrap around a plush palate. Dried cherry, moss, muddy earth, bitter cocoa, sour berries linger on the hot finish, one slightly cloudy due to no fining or filtration. I appreciate the lighter style attempt, but this seems somewhat muddled between the use of oak and ripe fruit and the lighter style, leaving it disjointed.Tasted: 16 November 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 25.99 winery direct, private wine shops, restaurants Producer: Fort Berens Estate WineryDistributors: The Drinks List
Varietal: Pinot NoirCSPC: 154088UPC: 00626990110057