Kutatás Patricia Bay Pinot Noir 2018Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaOne of two 2018 North Saanich pinot noirs from the same 1 hectare, dry-farmed, clay-soiled vineyard. Both are clone 114 at 200+m altitude, and they were picked same day. This bottling was the result of a number of small ferments, blended together. Patty Bay was destemmed and native fermented, run to barrel after about 6 weeks and remained in 1-3 year French oak barrels for about one year before bottling without fining or filtration. Don't let the massive heavyweight bottles fool you. This is an elegant medium bodied pinot, full of finesse. Wild raspberries, cherries, plums is lashed with ample marine salinity, and livened with bright acidity on the fresh, textural palate. Tannins are finely grippy, leading this to a lingering pink peppercorn, saline finish. Drinking beautifully now, in youth, but has the structure to cellar over the next few years. Quite impressive, and certainly a winery to watch. While they have a light vit/vini footprint, I hope they can move their packaging into an equally sustainable and modern way.Tasted: 14 April 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 40.00 winery direct Producer: KutatásDistributors: Massey Wines & Spirits Ltd.
Grape: Pinot Noir