Top Ten BC Wines of 2016
Thrilled to see two of our Pinot Noirs in Anthony Gismondi’s recent “Top Ten BC Wines of 2016” list!
The full article is available online at gismondionwine.com
“Only 110 cases of Micro Cuvée were made, all grown at McLean Creek Road. The fruit was picked from the 6th thorough the 21st of October and it is clear it was picked at selection. The Micro Cuvée is all about winemaker Chris Carson and his personal selection barrels that make what he terms the “most harmonious blend” of McLean Creek Road Vineyard. The grapes are mostly from the Pommard Clone 91 block with a small additions form the 114 block and the 667-777 block. Carson picked one new French oak 500-litre puncheon, a one-year-old French oak puncheon and a 228 litre barrel to make the blend. This is full blown new world pinot, a bit reminiscent of Central Otago. Round, silky and ripe on the palate, the fruit is a mix of dark plums and cherries with a spicy, dried thyme undercurrent. Full and long and persistent it is clearly harmonious. Bravo.” ~ Anthony Gismondi
“The ‘Old Block’ is one of the original 1994 plantings (clone unknown) and is part of the largest block of pinot noir (one acre) at McLean Creek Road. It has a steep southerly aspect to capture the full range of the sun and in 2014 it got all the sun and more. The site was replanted in 2009 and it only came into full production in 2014. Finesse, length, sweet pinot notes and silky tannins are the story here and it looks as if these vines will have a bright future. Love the brightness and the absence of oak influence. Take note competitors.” ~ Anthony Gismondi