2016 'Palo Solara Vineyard' Pinot Noir
About the land: Palo Solara is a sustainably farmed, 8 acre vineyard located in the heart of the East Kelowna bench with 5 of those acres dedicated to growing Pinot Noir. This sub-region we feel grows some of the best Pinot fruit in the valley due to its optimal conditions. The soil is a deep, sandy loam. Morel mushrooms litter the ground in the spring, and vultures and eagles take up house in the properties around it. Yields are kept at a maximum of 2.5 tonnes per acre.
About the Wine: This singular site required minimal intervention in the cellar and this wine was an easy transition from grapes. Destemmed and cold-soaked on arrival, then fermented in stainless for 28 days with thrice daily pump overs, the wine was then aged in decades old foudres for a full two years. This wine has kept its purity of location while taking on a brambly and wonderfully funky and herbal edge to it.
Awards & Accolades: Ranked in the top 3 of over 75 British Columbia Pinot Noirs at the 2019 BC Pinot Noir Celebration eligibility tasting. This tasting was conducted in Vancouver on Feb 7th, 2019 by the local chapter of CAPS and was 100% blind.
'Palo Solara is another East Kelowna site in need of a sub-appellation. The vineyard is cool-sited, and has been sustainably farmed for some time. Suitably pale, the nose is an earthy, forest floor affair with savoury black cherry, and a touch of bitter/toasted almond and smoke. Still just a baby, this will need a year or two to gather itself and move forward. Low on fruit but big on style, it’s another piece of the BC pinot puzzle.
88 points' Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine