Stoneboat Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir - 90+pts

Stoneboat Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $25
Alcohol: 13.3%
Production: 1054 cases
Date Tasted: July 7th, 2011

Tasting Notes: Recently awarded a 2011 Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence, this light garnet hued Pinot Noir from Oliver's Stoneboat Vineyards offers a gorgeous, seductive nose of sweet cherry-cola candy, vanilla, cedar, light earth and subtle oak spice aromas.

The smooth, round palate follows suit with a similar flavour profile and more pronounced savoury spice. Medium body and tannins compliment the bright texture creating a mouth feel that's both playful and sensual.

Ideally, one should wait until early 2012 to enjoy this excellent Pinot. Be sure to decant for 1-2 hours prior to drinking should you choose not to wait. Drink 2012-2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

On a side note, Stoneboat Vineyards has exchanged their oblong shaped bottles for more standard, easily stackable bottles. Good news for collectors who found the previous bottles awkward to arrange in their cellars. Bad news for fans of the old, unique bottles that were instantly recognizable.

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