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CedarCreek Aspect Collection Block 4 Pinot Noirtext
91POINTS
16¾/20

CedarCreek Aspect Collection Block 4 Pinot Noir 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Aspect Collection is a new series from CedarCreek as the teams pursue Grand Cru status for pinot noir. The somewhat obscure "Aspect" moniker speaks to the orientation of the vineyard west toward the late day sun, which gives the single block wines a chance to stand apart. Block Four is located on the upper slopes of Home Block Vineyard. Its sandy loam soils provide excellent drainage, leaving the 22-year-old vines to work hard and go deep to search for water and minerals. The result is lower yields and increased concentration from generally smaller berries. Block 4 is aged 14 months in French oak barriques, of which 22 percent are new. Again, the alcohol is an attractive 13.5%. The savoury, earthy gamey notes speckled with spice and licorice draw you into a serious pinot that eschews primary fruit for something deep and mysterious. Like Block Two, there are some smoky ashy notes but not to the same extent, and the texture is beguiling. It should age through 2023, but I would keep an eye on it throughout that period as it develops.Tasted: 24 September 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 65.00 wine club member exclusive Producer: CedarCreek Estate WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Pinot NoirUPC: 778913800801