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Blue Mountain Reserve Cuvée Pinot Noir
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16¾/20

Blue Mountain Reserve Cuvée Pinot Noir 2017

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Reserve Cuvée is a blend of three estate vineyards with an average age of 33 years. It is also a mix of clones 113, 114, 115 and 667, that in 2017 were picked between September 20-27. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed, and lightly crushed into open-top tanks. The ferment lasts 16-20 days with infrequent light pump-overs and what they term cautious pigeage at the peak of the wild yeast ferments. The settled wine goes into new to four-year-old wood. The aromas are ripe but tempered by earthy, smoky, leather notes, with a spicy Worcestershire sauce edge. Much drier than the competition, in a good way, mixing earthy red cherries with a touch of balsamic light tannins and south Okanagan savoury garrigue. An awkward teenager for now, this should age effortlessly through 2023. A perfect foil to grilled salmon with a sweet onion reduction.Tasted: 15 September 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 45.00 winery direct; private wine shops Producer: Blue Mountain Vineyard & CellarsDistributors: Keystone Fine Wines
Rogers & Company
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 49440UPC: 626452551176