2006 Blue Mountain Pinot Noir

Rating: ★★★½☆

Vintage: 2006
Producer: Blue Mountain
Variety: Pinot Noir
Designation: N/A
Region: Canada
Sub-region: British Columbia, Okanagan Valley
ABV: 13.1%
Price: $25 (winery – sold out)

He says: This Pinot Noir has been a peculiar study for us. We had a collection that we’d drunk through last year and weren’t particularly impressed, finding it too young and linear. We’d moved our remaining bottle into the kitchen rack, beside our ready-to-drink plonk, when really, this bottle should have remained in our dark cellar. It’s drinking beautifully right now, showing a lot of meatiness and intensity on the nose, with sour cherry and herbaceousness on the palate. Only complaint was the lacklustre finish which was short, and a bit hot. That said, when you consider that this is $25/bottle from the winery, it’s hard to argue with buying a few bottles of the current vintage to lay down for a few years. Well done, Blue Mountain, for showing us what BC Pinot Noir can aspire to without emptying our chequebooks.

She says: This wine took us by surprise and stood up well beside examples from around the world. It’s developed layers of earth and spice integrated well with the backbone of black cherry fruit. A lovely wine that will definitely continue to be on our cellaring list. The new world rocked this tasting and BC was right up there!

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med ruby
Smells like: Developing, med- intensity, meaty (gamey), cherry,
Tastes like: Dry, med acid, med body, med intensity, med tannins, med+ alcohol, sour cherry, herbaceous, forest leaves, med- length
Summary: Good, Ready to drink/Can develop further

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★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.