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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cowichan Valley Pinot Noir on Quadra Island

Godfrey-Brownell 2005 Pinot Noir 
New world style.  The first Pinot Noir we put into new oak barrels. 2005 was a good year for Pinot and this wine is currently being aged in the bottle and will be released when the tannins are a little softer and the fruit even more integrated. Notes from the winery website gbvineyards.com 
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On our recent Cowichan Valley tour when John was visiting I bought a bottle of this just released Pinot Noir at the winery. 30 bucks -- 4 years in oak, 1 in the bottle and a delight. The Cowichan microclimate has produced pretty decent Pinot Gris' and I'd heard rumours of impressive Pinots but this was a very pleasant surprise.

It made its way to our getaway to Quadra Island earlier this week where it met up with bar-b-qued steak with sauteed mushrooms....
Classic leathery aromas and nicely acidic flavours suggesting the blackberry, raspberry you'd expect in a good Pinot Noir.