Blue Mountain’s Pinot Gris tends to deviate from the Okanagan’s typically young, fruity, drink-right-now style. The 2019 is no exception. A fine, structured backbone of minerality sets this Pinot Gris apart. This vintage produced a wine with citrus, mandarin orange, and white flower notes on the nose, and dense orange and lemon flavours on the palate. Citrus and apple and spice make up the finish. This is a wine with intensity, expression, and style to spare, and the potential to age for four to six years. No wonder The Globe and Mail’s Beppi Crosariol consistently identifies it as a top-pick.
Made entirely of whole cluster-pressed Okanagan Pinot Gris from 30-year-old vines. Fermented by native yeast, a portion in stainless steel, the remainder in French oak barrels and aged sur-lie for seven months.
“Textural and precise, which is a defining thread across all of Blue Mountain’s white wines, but it tastes like you’re hopping from fruit stand to fruit stand as you drive down Highway 97. I’m thankful this isn’t rushed into bottle for a spring release, but selfishly glad that we get it for at least some of the summer. Whether at the beach or on a patio, this should be one of your go-to Okanagan Pinot Gris, especially at this price.”
90 points, Anthony Gismondi, August 2020