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Unsworth Vineyards Pinot Noirtext
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Unsworth Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaI love the light and juicy expression of coastal pinot noir that comes with a light colour and a rich package of flavours and complexity. The entry is silky smooth with alluring forest floor aromas streaked with cherries and spice. The palate is a black cherry and wild raspberry affair with piercing acidity to keep it all taut — island pinot at its best. Many pinot noir off Saison Vineyard is spread around the island, but at Unsworth, they blend 76 percent Saison fruit with 15 percent Unsworth estate fruit and eight percent Zanatta Vineyard pinot. This Cowichan Valley pinot’s texture and freshness reflect its unique soils of BC marine silt and glacial, fluvial sandy loams. The complexity comes from a mix of clones: 115, 667, 777, 828, and a clone whose origin is unknown. The winemaking is simple: fruit is destemmed and whole berry fermented in stainless before spending one year in barriques, of which only ten percent are new.Tasted: 27 June 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 32.40 winery online/direct Producer: Unsworth Vineyards ULCDistributors: Storied Wines & Spirits
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Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 303586UPC: 626990259008