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2004 and 2005 Quails’ Gate Estate Vineyard Okanagan Valley British Columbia Pinot Noir

When I spoke with winemaker Ted Lemon of Littorai some time back, he mentioned that British Columbia might be the next great region for Pinot Noir. Since Canadian wines are rarely exported to the United States, we have had little experience with the Pinot Noirs from this winegrowing region. I first tasted Quails’ Gate Pinot Noir at the International Pinot Noir Celebration two years ago and was very, very impressed. Both of the 2004 and 2005 wines confirmed my first indoctrination. Quails’ Gate has been producing Pinot Noir since 1989 from their 125-acre estate vineyard on the shores of Lake Okanagan. Mostly Spätburgunder clone from Germany. · This is a world-class Pinot Noir of great distinction and sophistication. It's beautifully composed with delicate cherry fruits, subtle spices, admirable oak highlights, and silky textures. The balance is so perfect the wine is almost ephemeral. Too bad we can’t get our hands on some of this juice. Reviewed March 23, 2008

Winery: Quails’ Gate
From article: Prince’s Excellent Adventure at WOPN