2012 Grande Réserve Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

This wine opens with rich extracted aromas of black currents, warm cherries, violets and black plums. On the palate, dark cherry flavors mingle with a touch of mocha and sweet toasted oak. A well-structured wine with a perfect balance of acidity and sweet fruit will leave you longing for more. Drinking great now, but will cellar well for another 7 to 10 years.

Winemaking Notes

The 2012 harvest marked a very special vintage for Privato and excitement was high in the winery knowing we had a vintage that was bearing exceptional fruit. The grapes for this wine were hand harvested on Oct 27, 2012. A luscious cold soak of six days on the skin was allowed prior to fermentation being initiated. After fermentation, the grapes were gently pressed and transferred to French oak barriques to age for 18 long and patient months. At the end of 18 months there was no doubt that the grapes sourced from the Rise Vineyard in Vernon were exceptional and worthy of a Grand Reserve wine. Eight of the best barrique were earmarked and reserved for additional ageing. True to European standards a Reserve wine must age 3 full years. By the time we release this wine in May 2016, it will have aged in barrel and bottle for 42 months.

Food Pairings

An ever versatile food wine, Pinot Noir pairs well with a wide variety of food because of its bright acidity, complexity, and rich fruit character. From delicately poached salmon to BBQ beef or roasted duck, our 2012 Grande Reserve Pinot Noir is a perfect match.

Technical Notes
Varietal:   100% Pinot Noir
Appellation:   Okanagan Valley
Grape Source:   The Rise Vineyard, Vernon
Harvest Date:   October 27, 2012
Cellering:   7 to 10 years
Retail:   $54.99
Cases Produced:   200
SKU:   +99952
Alcohol:   13.6%
RS:   2.0 g/L
TA:   3.57 g/L
PH:   3.57

Awards & Accolades

2017 Okanagan Wine Festivals
BC Best of Varietal Best Pinot Noir
Double Gold, 2015 All Canadian Wine Championships
(awarded to first bottling – Woodward Collection 2012 Pinot Noir)
92-94 points – John Schreiner
92 points – Kristof Gillese

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