Sunday, March 18, 2007

Laughing Stock Pinot Pinot 2005

Who made it: Laughing Stock Vineyards
What varietal(s): 66% Pinot Gris, 33% Pinot Blanc, 1% ?
Where: Naramata Bench (Okanagan), BC
Why drink it: Because it’s good
Extra, extra: $22, 13.2%, screw cap

This lemony gold wine has fruit, floral and vanilla oak on the nose. Fruit and vanilla spice and toast are on the palate, along with lemon and a hint of stone fruit (apricot, peach). Smooth, creamy mouth feel, zippy acidity and a medium-long finish helps make this wine good with food or without.

Laughing Stock wines go fast (this one’s sold out), so either visit the winery or check out private wine shops. This wine was from their Small Cap program, which means only a very small amount was made (150 cases) and the wines are only available from the winery, either to pick up in person or to be ordered online and shipped.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

CedarCreek Platinum Reserve Pinot Noir 2004

What varietal(s): Pinot Noir
Where: Okanagan Valley (Kelowna), BC
Why drink it: Because it’s a delicious Okanagan Pinot
Extra, extra: $40, 14.1%, sold out

This is one of CedarCreek’s top tier wines (Platinum) that sell out quickly. For the Okanagan this is a great Pinot Noir. This ruby red wine has aromas of red berries (cherry, raspberry, strawberry), spice (clove), rich chocolate and coffee. The flavours echo the nose. Aged in French oak, the oak flavours are nicely integrated into the wine. There’s no overpowering oak in this wine. It’s light to medium bodied with medium tannins and medium to high acidity. Lush and velvety, it goes down smooth and lingers with a flavourful finish.