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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 is 100 percent pinot noir from Garnet Valley Ranch near Summerland, which underwent a wild fermentation in concrete before being bottled for secondary fermentation. The nose shows classic blanc de noir character with red apple skin, tart red berries, and a light touch of brioche from 20 months on its lees. There’s also a subtle oxidative character, maybe explained by the lack of added sulphites, which adds an extra layer of complexity. But what sets this apart is the palate, from the rich, mouth-filling texture to the fine, creamy mousse to the excellent balance. While zero dosage sparkling can sometimes be unforgiving, that’s not the case here. Between the elevated concentration and fresh, but not austere, acidity, you can taste why no dosage was needed. Vegan friendly.Tasted: 04 June 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 39.90 winery online/direct Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad WineryDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 161492UPC: 62699279914