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Carson Pinot Noir Naramata Vineyard
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Carson Pinot Noir Naramata Vineyard 2016

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMeyer Family Winery winemaker Chris Carson is the force behind this eponymous label that comes off the spare, free-draining, alluvial/colluvial soils of Todd Road Vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Another 2016 that simply delivers on all levels beginning with being fun to drink. Carson’s style seems just a little less serious then I usually see at Meyer, not so much in quality but in early-drinking/approachability, or maybe it’s the all 115 Dijon clones that bring rich, juicy, red and black fruit flavours with a savoury undercurrent and a silky finish, all at 13.5 percent alcohol. As I have said before, it’s reminiscent of a repass of Central Otago juice over Oregon skins. It’s indigenous yeast fermented, goes through full malolactic, and the wine ages for 11 months in one-third new French oak, one-third two-year-old, 16 percent each of three and four-year-old barrels.Tasted: 13 March 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 35.00 New District Producer: CarsonDistributors: Winery Direct
Varietal: Pinot NoirCSPC: 2758UPC: 626990119722