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Carson Pinot Noir Naramata Vineyardtext

Carson Pinot Noir Naramata Vineyard 2018

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaWinemaker Chris Carson is the force behind this eponymous label that comes off the spare, free draining, alluvial/colluvial soils of Todd Road Vineyard on the Naramata Bench. I last tasted a very good 2016, and in 2018, a big wildfire year, the latest version is equally as good. The Carson style is a bit carefree upfront and then more serious on the palate. It’s a mix of 115 and 667 Dijon clones lending it a juicy, dark red and black fruit profile. The midpalate is savoury and rich with just a touch of grip, but at 13.5 percent alcohol, the textures are silky and slippery in the finish. Reminiscent of a meeting of Central Otago and Oregon with a big squeeze of Okanagan. The ferment is natural and goes through full malolactic before the wine ages for 11 months in 1/3 new French oak, 1/3 two year old barrels, 16% each of 3 and 4 year old barrels.Tasted: 09 October 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 35.00 select private retailers Producer: CarsonGrape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 2758UPC: 626990119722