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Phantom Creek Estates Pinot Gris 2018

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThere are Alsace clones and an Alsace style. Still, mostly those are only words in the New World unless Olivier Humbrecht, the legendary Alsace winemaker and biodynamic guru happens to be the consulting winemaker (his only consultation outside his estate in Alsace). There is nothing showy about the wine, but rather it is all nuance and innuendo, mixing mostly tart fruit flavours, desert scrub, and sagebrush with a lime peel finish. Complex and persistent, this is a wine for thinkers and drinkers. It is painstakingly fermented over four months to dryness using only indigenous yeasts. Alsatian in style, and yes, a bit spicy, 40 percent is aged in traditional foudres for ten months, adding more layers of texture and richness while the remainder is held fresh in stainless steel. It is a new benchmark for pinot gris in BC and gives me hope for the many hectares of pinot gris vines to reach a higher goal.Tasted: 07 May 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 30.00 winery direct Producer: Phantom Creek EstatesDistributors: Stile Brands
Grape: Pinot Gris/Pinot GrigioUPC: 626990404828