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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Fort Berens Reserve Pinot Noir
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15¾/20

Fort Berens Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Reserve pinot is a 46/54 mix of estate fruit and fruit harvested from The Rise Vineyard in Vernon. Some 25 percent of the wine is whole cluster pressed prior to a carbonic fermentation in search of drinkability and fruit. The rest of the batch was crushed and layered on top. Post-ferment it spends a year in new and seasoned French oak. The attack is tart with fresh acidity lighting up the sides of the palate. Light in colour and texture, there is an elegance here and an underlying black cherry fruit trying to escape the wood. More refined than their regular pinot and drinkable now but I would wait a year for this to settle in and show its true face.Tasted: 05 December 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 29.99 winery direct, private wine shops, restaurants Producer: Fort Berens Estate WineryDistributors: The Drinks List
Varietal: Pinot NoirCSPC: 130846UPC: 626990248941