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Spearhead Pinot Noir Golden Retreat Vineyard
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16½/20

Spearhead Pinot Noir Golden Retreat Vineyard 2018

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom Summerland's Golden Retreat Vineyard, this is one of three single vineyard pinots (plus two multi-site blends) that Spearhead is producing. Again, Summerland distinguishes itself as a very favourable home for pinot noir, in this case, a mix of Pommard, 115, and 777 clones, each native fermented with three weeks on skins before spending 13 months in French oak barrels, 25 percent new. Winemaker Grant Stanley opens his pinot with savoury, spicy juniper plum followed by dark raspberry, black fruit, earth, chocolate, and Worcestershire sauce. Fresh and piquant, this is a lively pinot you can pair with rabbit, duck, or pork, or pair up alongside a roasted Tuscan-style pizza. Well made and should age effortlessly through 2025 and beyond.Tasted: 02 May 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 33.00 winery direct, vqa, private retail Producer: Spierhead WineryDistributors: Renaissance Wine Merchants Ltd.
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 667782UPC: 626990367895