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Spierhead Pinot Noir GFV Saddle Block
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Spierhead Pinot Noir GFV Saddle Block 2015

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOne of three pinot noirs released by Spearhead in 2015, this is three Dijon clones all from the Saddle Block of their estate Gentleman Farmer Vineyard, planted 2008. Ten months in French oak. A distinct amaro note on the nose (sarsaparilla? angelica?), before a wall of herbal raspberry, sour cherry and rhubarb notes. The oak is well integrated into the ripe, bitter-edged fruit, with barely a tug of tannins, though the smoked note of the wood filters throughout. Bitter cherry rings on the tobacco and tomato finish. Gentle, bright acidity carries this and enables drinking now, though in the clumsiness of youth, it's best with pork tenderloin or grilled sausages.Tasted: 10 March 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 30.00 winery direct, VQA and private wine shops Producer: Spierhead WineryDistributors: Christopher Stewart Wines and Spirits Inc.
Varietal: Pinot NoirCSPC: 408013UPC: 626990245032