Meyer Family Vineyards 2010 Mclean Creek Road Pinot Noir - 89pts

Meyer Family Vineyards 2010 Mclean Creek Road Pinot Noir (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $40
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 168 cases
Date Tasted: November 10th, 2011

Tasting Notes: The style of the 2010 Mclean Creek Road Vineyard Pinot Noir reflects the vintage truthfully: lean, mean and very flavourful. Strong minerality and plenty of acid makes your mouth stand-up and take notice, en guard even, but then the intense red fruit flavours arrive and calm the precedings through to the long, refreshing finish with lingering tartness.

Perhaps not the classic profile of the 2008 or the ripe intensity of the 2009, but this honest wine makes the most of a difficult growing season (saved by a late Indian Summer) and does what all good Pinot should - speaks of its terroir admirably.

Given time, the nose opens up beautifully in the glass. At first the developing bouquet is tense and timid, but with proper decanting and patience it evolves to reveal a lovely array of sweet cherry and plum aromas. However, I would still recommend cellaring this youthful wine another 6-9 months before opening. Drink mid-2012-2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011