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Blue Mountain Single Vineyard Block 14 Gravel Force Pinot Noirtext

Blue Mountain Single Vineyard Block 14 Gravel Force Pinot Noir 2017

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlue Mountain revamped its nearly thirty-year-old pinot noir program in 2017, choosing to add three single-vineyard labels that are more like individual blocks. Block 14 is labelled Gravel Force in a nod to the numerous small, round stones that are mixed into light clay over an old, dry river bed. It faces west and south, giving it a hefty dose of sun each day, adding structure and even a bit of power to the wine made from 30-year-old clones 115 and 667. The result is a more opulent, muscular style, and a more profound darker brooding fruit style à la Central Otago. The good news is a rift of minerality holds the wine together, never letting it get too far off the line. Did I mention it is only 13 percent alcohol? You can sit on this one for five years, but you can also serve it with a classic mushroom risotto or a Bejing duck dish.Tasted: 15 September 2019Tasted by: Prices:
BC$55.00750mlwinery direct
Producer: Blue Mountain Vineyard & CellarsDistributors: Keystone Fine Wines
Rogers & Company
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 49448UPC: 626452581173