Pinot Noirs are one of those love em or hate em varietals. I quite enjoy them. When I saw this one from Okanagan I was curious. The review drew my attention. Darker in color than a typical Pinot, with an earthy note along with some rustic notes. This is very interesting and alluring nose. Draws me in … On the mid pallet this wine is kind of sneaky. At first it has some mild cab like notes of cherries. A more typical fruit forward pinot would display strawberries and raspberries. The wine builds in the mouth revealing some more typical rustic notes. There’s a hint of red berry sweetness there backed on the medium length finish by nice firm tannins and some nice dryness. This wine is quite interesting in it’s layers. I would give it a solid 89-90. Quite a good pinot if you like pinots.

From the LCBO web site:
QUAILS’ GATE PINOT NOIR 2011 VINTAGES 585760 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 26.95
Made in: British Columbia, Canada By: Quails’ Gate Vyds. Estate Winery
Release Date: Aug 17, 2013
14.0% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Sugar Content: 2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
This is the Pinot Noir to drink now while waiting for the reserve to be ready. This wine has a fine dark hue. It begins with attractive aromas of cherry, raspberry and mocha, leading to bright cherry flavours, with mocha and toasty oak subtly on the finish. The texture is already showing the classic velvet of the variety. Score – 90. (John Schreiner, johnschreiner.blogspot.com, April 14, 2013)


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