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Haywire White Label Pinot Noir
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16¼/20

Haywire White Label Pinot Noir 2017

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSoft on the palate but finely detailed with an ample thorny, pitchy grip, this earthy, medium bodied pinot noir is imbued with medicinal raspberry, black cherry, sasparilla, star anise and desert sagebrush atop a sturdy black plum base. From Oliver's higher elevation and organically farmed Secrest Vineyard (purchased by Haywire in 2018), this was native fermented in clay amphorae as well as concrete, with the former on the skins for nine months before the two parts were blended prior to bottling. A naturalist, unadulterated lens for central Okanagan pinot, which is a bold move. This youthful wine deserves an equally bold match at this time, like duck or roasted winter squash.Tasted: 26 November 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 26.90 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Varietal: Pinot NoirCSPC: 449132UPC: 626990161868