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Martin's Lane Dehart Vineyard Pinot Noir
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Martin's Lane Dehart Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFor those of us around at the rebirth of the Okanagan Valley in 1980, it is almost unimaginable to think that we could experience wine as exquisite as the 2015 Martin's Lane Dehart Vineyard Pinot Noir. Under winemaker Shane Munn, the tiny perfect winery, easily one of the most exceptional pinot noir facilities built anywhere in the wine world, is turning out fantastic wine, and none better than this pinot noir made from only 12-year-old vines. Set high above the lake facing the setting sun in East Kelowna, the vineyard is a mix of clone 667 and 777, co-fermented in concrete with up to 45 percent whole bunches. Gentle, gentle is the mantra, and the results are amazing. The nose is a mix of sweet black cherry, earthy pinot fruit that spills across the palate with precision and polish. There is a welcome trace of the warmest vintage ever, but you hardly notice it given the balance and wherewithal of this wine and its crunchy fruit on the palate. The tannins are but a tug and should be gone by 2020, revealing a long, silky, spicy finish.Tasted: 31 October 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 100.00 winery direct Producer: Martin's Lane WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 185424UPC: 776545992505