En Famille Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

At its best, cool-climate Pinot Noir is bright, focused, and elegant by nature. In a longer, cool vintage this Pinot Noir is also powerful, complex and incredibly perfumed. While we draw our inspiration from the wines of Burgundy, it is the lesser-known villages of Fixin, Santenay, and Mercurey that are most influential. Our Reserve Pinot Noir is a clonal selection with the grapes sourced from four select vineyard sites on the Naramata Bench. These vineyards have been chosen for their smaller berried Dijon clones, which have finer tannins and more spicy aromas. Our approach to this wine is vineyard based and, as such, our winemaking process is relatively simple. We employ a clean, straightforward ferment followed by a gentle pressing, and the wine is aged for eight months in select Burgundian barriques. The wine is further aged for twelve months in bottle before release.

Varietal: Pinot Noir 100%

Awards & Reviews: Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 

  • Albrecht Family Vineyard, Naramata (Clones 828 and 777), Plein de Vie Vineyard, Naramata (Heritage Clone Block: 777, 943, 2A Wadensvil, 97 “Swan”, N90 “Chalone”, 91 “Pommard”), This Is It Vineyard, Naramata (clone 667, 777, 828), Fox Family Vineyard, Naramata (clone 667)
  • The grapes were hand-picked and a sorting table was utilized to select only the best fruit. A portion was selected to be crushed and de-stemmed then fermented in open top fermenters. Our red fermentation technique revolves around small lots, allowing for variety with regards to yeast strain selection and temperature control, gentle handing of fruit, and ease of punch downs. This method also helps preserve fresh fruit character. After fermentation and a week-long post-maceration, the wines were gently pressed off the skins, left to settle for 24 hours, and then aged for 8 months in barrel on fine lees. This wine combines Allier and Vosges oak from two Burgundian coopers (Billion and Damy) with 30% new barrels and 70% neutral oak. We chose a medium toast to express a savoury component of coffee and bacon as a counterpoint to the sweet fruit. The wine was cross-flow filtered in order to gently focus the layers of the wine. We used a natural cork closure of exceptional quality because we feel that the gradual exchange of oxygen that natural cork allows will enable this wine to improve for another five to seven years and hold for at least ten. The 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir was aged for twelve months in bottle before release.
  • This powerful Pinot Noir is intensely perfumed with violets and almost incense-like jasmine, cedar, and cocoa aromas. It has a bright core of ripe raspberry fruit and is balanced by white pepper, dark chocolate, coffee and smoky bacon flavours. Fine tannins give a graphite lead pencil backbone that will allow it to age gracefully for at least 5-7 years. This wine would pair beautifully with duck, game meats and savoury mushroom dishes.