2016 'Palo Solara Vineyard' Pinot Noir
Nesting Place: Palo Solara
Nested in East Kelowna, a phenomenal 8 acre vineyard site planted to Pinot Noir & Riesling. The Pinot Noir blocks speak to 5 of the 8 acres. In regards to positioning, this site sees a relatively steep North-Western aspect/slope & is defined by Sandy loam with ribbons of mineral/gravel deposits throughout. In synergy with the nuances of Pinot, Morel Mushrooms litter the ground seasonally. Planted to Pinot clones deemed best suited to the location (667,777). The vineyard is sustainably farmed with minimal environmental impact.
The Wine & Moment in Time:
2016 is arguably one of the more exceptional Pinot vintages in recent past. The vintage brought with it a slow spring, followed by a brief but intensive period of heat and moderate temperatures through late summer & harvest. This condition set has allowed for harmonious examples of the perpetually fickle Pinot Noir. Driven by dusty Red Berry-fruit, mulchy/earthy goodness (greatness maybe) and just a gentle bit of the spice inherent to Pinot. The whole Pinot package bound with a spine of acidity & freshness.
Pinot can be eccentric in expression, the best way to capture that wonder, is to embrace the eccentricity. This vintage was aged for 2 years in Foudres (Large Wood Fermenters) in a small building on the hatch property. During development over this time, it was left mostly unto its self, this bred magic & mystery in a bottle.
Based on the aforementioned fickle tendencies of Pinot, this will ebb & flow dynamically over the next series of years. Drink presently through 2026.