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McLean Creek Rd Pinot Noir 2019

90 Points, Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine

"This captures Dijon's pinot perfume, with fragrant plum, raspberry, and fragrant cherry blossoms floating atop a wild plum, boysenberry, and sarsaparilla base. The cedar wood spicing is present, striding and structuring the wine, as are long, lightly grippy / sticky tannins to a slight warming flush finish. Drinking well now, in youth, but this friendly wine can spend a couple of years in your cellar easily." - Tasted May 1, 2021

 Due to low quantities available, 4-bottle maximum per order. 


  • Alcohol 13.5%
  • Acidity 6.6 g/L
  • Aging 10+ years
  • Appellation Okanagan Falls
  • Bottling Date September 1st, 2020
  • Country Canada
  • Harvest Date October 15th - October 29th, 2019
  • ph 3.67
  • Region Okanagan Valley
  • Type Red
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Vintage 2019
  • Winemaker Chris Carson
  • Notes

    Winemaker Notes

    At the winery the fruit was gently de-stemmed via gravity into small open top fermenters and allowed to cold soak. After cold soaking, an indigenous yeast fermentation began lasting two weeks and peaking at 32 degrees Celsius, with gentle hand plunging of the must done throughout. After a post-maceration period the wine was transferred to 100% French oak barrels (25% new) where it remained for 11 months. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred in late spring. 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. 

    Vineyard Notes

    Our family owned “McLean Creek Road Vineyard” is in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. The vineyard has a predominantly steep southerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravelly and sandy loams. The Pinot Noir blocks are planted with a Pommard clone (91) and 4 Dijon clones (114, 115, 667, 777) 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

    1,000 cases produced.