Haywire Winery 2010 Pinot Noir - 88+pts
Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Production: 550 cases
Date Tasted: June 18th, 2012
Tasting Notes: 2010 is proving to be a great vintage for BC Pinot Noir - especially for folks who love well-balanced acid in their wines. Too little acid and wines can become flabby and tired. Too much and you can't enjoy them without food to keep your mouth from puckering closed permanently.
This Pinot from Summerland's Haywire Winery uses fruit sourced from Oliver which was endowed with a healthy dose of natural acidity and plenty of raspberry, cranberry and cherry-cola characters on the gorgeous nose and watery palate. The nose is worth taking the time to appreciate and will remind you of ultra-fresh, tart and fleshy red fruit with a touch of lean pepper notes in the background. That pepper is more prominent on the mouth-watering palate, yet still takes a backseat to the red fruit - only to then take the lead on the long finish where it mingles with the acid contributing to the welcomed earthy component of this fruit-forward Pinot.
I first tasted this wine 10 months ago and found it, at the time, quite closed and awkward. Time in the bottle has done wonders for it and another six months or so would be ideal. Drink late-2012-2015.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012 IconWines.ca