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Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Old Block McLean Creek Vineyardtext

Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Old Block McLean Creek Vineyard 2022

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Old Block is an original Meyer Vineyard plant that dates to 1994 and is part of the largest single block (1 acre) of pinot noir at McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls. The unknown clone is planted to a steep southerly aspect, capturing the full range of the sun, and while it more than often exhibits both power and length, it usually clocks in at a modest 13.5 percent alcohol. Winemaker Chris Carson practices sustainable /organic viticulture, but the vineyard is not certified. The winemaking regimen is kept simple: most of the work is done in the vineyard before a gentle destem of the berries and, via gravity, move them into small open-top fermenters. After a cold soak, the fermentation begins naturally, peaking at 30 C. The must is hand plunged throughout and during post-maceration. The 2022 is a welcomed return from the smoky 2021 offerings and may be one of the best years yet for pinot noir in British Columbia. Old Block always opens with a soft plush palate on the palate. The mix of cranberries and black cherries keeps it lively before streaks of baking spices weave through a fresh acidity in the finish. Long and impressive, this will have a large following of happy pinot drinkers. It's more hedonistic than complex but a delicious ready-to-drink style. Good value.Tasted: 24 November 2023Tasted by: Prices:
BC$44.44750mlclub members only
Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: Olivier Brands
Vagabond Merchants
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 770818UPC: 8087550295