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Free Form Blanc de Noir
90POINTS
16½/20

Free Form Blanc de Noir 2017

Garnet Valley, Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis new traditional method fizz comes from Okanagan Crush Pad's pioneering Garnet Valley Ranch estate vineyard. These young organic pinot noir grapes were whole bunch pressed and native fermented in concrete, before heading to bottle in January 2018 where it rested on lees for 20 months. It was disgorged with zero dosage. The wine is as uncompromising as its naturalist approach, with negligible fruit save for some subtle pear skin and tight, racy green apple. More prevalent is the broken stones, ample earthy yeast, aged parmesan, and subtle note of herbal grasses skipping along the taut palate. Very severe style now upon release, but one that will build flesh with a little age.Tasted: 27 May 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 39.90 winery online/direct Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad WineryDistributors: HQ Wine + Spirits
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 161492UPC: 62699279914