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Unsworth Vineyards Pinot Noirtext
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Unsworth Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaTaken from North Cowichan’s dry-farmed Saison Vineyard, and its well-draining sloping glacial loam and rocks, this was clone 115, 777, 667, and 828. Winemaker Dan Wright called 2018 ‘an excellent year” and “his favourite vintage of the past 5 years’. After destemming and an extended skin contact (30 days), this was fermented in tank, this aged in 228L and 300L French oak barrel (10-15% new) for 15 months. Very floral, with forest berries, wood berries, and the extended skin contact providing a bit more structure vs the 2017. There’s a lovely generosity to the palate, with plum, wild cherry, wild raspberry and ample perfumed rose florality, all brightened by fresh, crunchy acidity. Alluring spice carries through through the pencil shaving finish. Richness, and freshness, and still just a baby.Tasted: 19 May 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 33.00 winery direct Producer: Unsworth Vineyards ULCDistributors: Storied Wines & Spirits
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Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 303586UPC: 626990259008