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Pinot Noir - Magnum 2020

Pinot Noir - Magnum 2020
Home Block

This vintage marks the 20th year of winemaking by David after starting with just 1 ton of grapes in a garage in White Rock. After giving up our day jobs and founding highly acclaimed Laughing Stock Vineyards on the Naramata Bench, the last few years have been all about going back to the basics. This time we’ve gone deep with one varietal from one place, our Home Block vineyard in Naramata, British Columbia.

A balanced wine with ripe raspberry, dried cranberry and cocoa flavours with notes of clove combined with fresh vibrancy from the natural acidity. Decidedly elegant with lovely complexity, fine tannins and lingering finish. When the wine hits your palate, it engages all your senses like a solid handshake from a good friend (post Covid).

93 Points - John Schreiner

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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
October 7 & 15, 2019
6.0 g/L
Residual Sugar
1.3 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
This is Naramata Bench personified. Perched on glacial lake formed bluffs above Okanagan Lake, the crescent shaped site tilts SW, maximizing heat units and allowing air flow. Set into an amphitheatre of old growth sage, soils are silt and loam with calcareous elements similar to some of the best vineyards in the world. Planted in 2013, we chose to focus on a single clone, Dijon #115. Now as the vineyard matures, we are enjoying watching the evolution of the vines and the resultant wines.
Winemaker Notes
This project is all about focus: Pinot Noir. Hand picked in two passes October 7 & 15th, then hand sorted and fermented as whole berries with 20% as whole clusters. The main ferment was completed in large French Oak tanks and then aged in these plus 50% neutral barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.
Other Notes
2019 was a year where ‘cold climate viticulture’ was a reality. A cold snap in February, caused bud damage that reduced crops across the whole valley, but particularly Pinot Noir. Come spring, delayed shoots caught up but summer rains kept temperatures lower than usual. Sustained heat in August allowed us to reach full ripeness right before September rains and an early frost. For the vines, it meant a much lighter yield than normal, but fortunately less is more when it comes to grape quality.
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