Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2011 Summa Quies Vineyard Pinot Noir - 90pts

Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2011 Summa Quies Vineyard Pinot Noir (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from winery here and select VQA stores
Cost: $35
Alcohol: 12.2%
Production: 411 cases
Date Tasted: May 29th, 2013

Tasting Notes: The cooler than average 2011 growing season has dialed back the intensity of this terroir transmitting Pinot Noir though the complexity and charm remain intact thanks to extended hang-time on the vines. The nose intrigues with layers of baked raspberry, plum, cherry and cedar aromas accompanied by light floral notes of potpourri and herbs. The dry palate is true to the vintage with a leaner presentation, less fruit, moderate fine tannins and more savoury and earthy elements. Food-friendly acidity will make this Pinot a popular entry on the wine lists of BC's top restaurants and while the production has risen over the years, it will still be hard to find unless you're already on the winery's mailing list. Your fellow Pinot Noir connoisseurs are, so what are you waiting for?

If you do seek it out and find a bottle, I would recommend waiting another 1-2 years before opening the 2011 to make the most of your investment (in money and in effort of tracking down the wine). As the wine is sealed with a screwcap, the extra bottle age will have no detrimental effect on the fruit components yet will allow the oak, acid and earthy notes to meld nicely. Drink 2015-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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