Gamey meats and earthy mushrooms. Fall family gatherings. Late night cheese plates. A cabin in the woods.
Not too big, not too light, this pinot is just right. Inviting aromas of strawberries, vanilla, black pepper, and fresh-cut flowers set the stage for this velvety, yet super-fresh pinot. Black raspberry, cherry, and spicy cedar round out the palate, while a hint of burnt orange peel on the finish keeps things interesting. It may be too complex for Goldilocks, but bear in mind she’s a young girl—there’s no doubt this is a sophisticated crowd-pleaser.
• Vintage: 2017
• Grapes: Pinot Noir
• Appellation: Okanagan Valley Region, Naramata Bench
• ABV: 13.6%
• Acidity: 5.00 g/l tartaric acid
• pH: 3.60
• Sugar: Under 2 g/l
• Vinification: Produced at Okanagan Crush Pad. Punching down processing, eight months in French oak barrels. 40% new oak.
• Recommended Drinking: Now through 2026.
Open the bottle, and throw it in the fridge for 15 minutes. Pour a glass and enjoy. If you want to get fancy, you can decant this one for 20-30 minutes as well.
THE STORY BEHIND THE WINE
It happened all of a sudden. Silence. Some confusion at first, but it became apparent. The radio said it was the entire East coast. Things stalled. Became slow. Waiting eagerly for things to restart, we craved the hum of the machines.
In the heat, sunset was a blessing. Ice cubes more precious than diamonds. Strange to see the stars at dusk, even stranger in the absence of sound. No lights inside, people spilling into their yards.
A cold drink in a sweaty glass. The melody of children playing and adults laughing. So dark, yet the summer moon glowing like a lamp. People stayed out forever. The perfect night. Some almost forgot that nothing was working. Some secretly wished the power went out more often.