Stoneboat Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris - 87pts

Stoneboat Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $17.90
Alcohol: 12.9%
Date Tasted: June 7th, 2011

Tasting Notes: Black Sage Bench boutique winery Stoneboat Winery doesn't have a lot of SKUs - they focus on a few wines and make them consistently good each year. The Pinot Gris is no exception and its 2010 incarnation is a solid representation of the varietal combining expressive orchard fruit with characters of cucumber, snow peas and lees. Wisely, winemaker Jay Martinuik has kept the alcohol level down (12.9%) leaving a touch of residual sugar to balance the abundant acid typical of the 2010 vintage. The wine starts powerfully but ends a bit abrupt with a short, watery finish. Best paired with foods like roasted chicken and soft cheeses where the initial intensity of the wine will be highlighted. Drink 2011-2013.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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