Van Westen Vineyards 2011 Vivacious - 85pts

Van Westen Vineyards 2011 Vivacious (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $18.90
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 334 cases
Date Tasted: January 6th, 2013

Tasting Notes: Naramata Bench winery, and long-term grower, Van Westen Vineyards' "Vivacious" is primarily made with Pinot Blanc with a splash of Pinot Gris to round-out the flavour profile. Produced from estate-grown fruit, this medium-bodied wine starts promising with a light nose of Mott's Fruit Cup aromas and apple fritter notes. Unfortunately, the palate that follows is a bit confusing. You get a juicy and mineral-infused entry with intense, lively, orchard fruit flavours (very much on-brand for the Vivacious blend) followed by overwhelming green apple acidity on the finish which puckers your mouth quite distractingly. A wild ride.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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