2009 Laughing Stock Vineyards Pinot Gris

Rating: ★★★½☆

Vintage: 2009
Producer: Laughing Stock Vineyards
Variety: Pinot Gris
Designation: N/A
Region: Canada
Sub-region: British Columbia, Okanagan Valley
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $20 (winery – sold out)

We tasted with our guest reviewer, PunkDrunk.

PunkDrunk says: Good shit, mate. Became my favorite as the night went on.

He says: For me, this is one of the standout white wines of the Okanagan, purely because of its distinctiveness. It’s not just an easy-fruit sipper, but shows some great winemaking skill as well. By aging the wine on the lees (dead yeast cells) for longer than most, the Pinot Gris takes on bready/yeasty flavors that add a lot of complexity to the usually simple variety. Excellent acidity, and some great mid-palate sweetness make this one of the most versatile food wines out of BC. Highly recommended and can’t wait to try the next vintage. Well done, Laughing Stock!

She says: In a valley full of Pinot Gris, this is a favourite of mine time and again. The subtle oak influence and added complexity from the lees stirring makes this more than an average run of the mill Pinot Gris. It has a lovely, almost creamy, mouth feel which is balanced by the freshness of the fruit. In the blind tasting, this was the stand out for me, in terms of quality and value.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med lemon with a hint of gold
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful, citrus, apple, pear, nutty, bread
Tastes like: Dry, med acid, med body, med+ intensity, med alcohol, citrus, ripe apple, pear, peach, nutty, yeasty, med+ length
Summary: Very Good, Ready to drink

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Wine truths

“I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes, I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it if I am; Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty.”
by Madame Bollinger

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

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