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Micro Cuvée Pinot Noir 2022

$60.97
94 points, Kristoff Gillese
94 points,
Julian Park, BC Wine Trends
94 points,
Brent Gushowaty

Winemaker Chris Carson only uses the purest, free-run juices for this wine. Fermentation begins in stainless steel and then is transferred to 100% French oak (50% new) and further aged for 11 months. Chris precisely selects what he feels are the best barrels in this vintage, which are then harmoniously blended to make this premium, small-lot wine. 

This wine has the potential to cellar for 10+ years.

Specifications

  • Alcohol 13.5%
  • Acidity 6.4 g/L
  • Aging French oak barrels (50% new) for 11 months
  • Appellation Okanagan Falls
  • Bottling Date August 28, 2022
  • Country Canada
  • ph 3.65
  • Region Okanagan Valley
  • Type Red
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Vineyard McLean Creek Road Vineyard
  • Vintage 2022
  • Winemaker Chris Carson
  • Notes

    Vineyard Notes

    The 2022 vintage was a classic Okanagan growing season with a typical Spring budburst in early May and beautiful weather into June. We had beautiful flowering weather from late June into July which resulted in good yields across the valley. July and August were consistent with previous years although slightly cooler slowing the vines growth cycle. Leading up to harvest, the crop level was significantly higher compared to past vintages and needed more time to ripen. The weather was perfect for ripening with warm days and cool nights providing a lengthy hang time for our Pinot Noir blocks to develop flavours and physiological ripeness. The white varieties were harvested later than normal but the fruit was able to develop a great balance of sugars to acid and superb flavours.

    Our family owned “McLean Creek Road Vineyard” was originally planted in 1994. The vineyard is within the Okanagan Falls sub-geographical indication (sub-Gi) which was designated in 2018 and recognized as being geologically unique in the production of wine grapes. It has a predominantly steep southerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravel and sandy loams. The Pinot Noir blocks are planted with a Pommard clone (91) and 1 Dijon clone (115) and are planted in three distinct blocks on the 20-acre property (16-acres planted). The largest of these blocks has a steep southerly aspect to capture the full range of the sun, the second block has a gently sloping westerly aspect giving a slightly higher temperature from the afternoon sun, and the third and coolest of the blocks has a gentle northwest aspect. Our philosophy is to manage each block separately and treat each vine individually. Although we are not certified organic, we practice organic/sustainable farming principles.

    Production Notes

    The Micro Cuvée Pinot Noir represents the most harmonious blend of selected barrels from our McLean Creek Road Vineyard. For the 2022 Micro Cuvée, the grapes predominantly came from our block of Pommard Clone 91 with Clone 115 contributing one quarter. Our winemaker selected three new French oak 500 litre puncheons from the Tronçais Forest along with three one-year-old French oak puncheons from the Tronçais and Allier Forests to make up the Micro Cuvée. In keeping with our philosophy to maintain, as much as possible, a hands-off approach in the cellar to allow the true expression of terroir, this wine is unfined and unfiltered.