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Howling Bluff Century Block Pinot Noir 2016

Canada, British Columbia
94 WA
Howling Bluff Century Block Pinot Noir 2016
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Howling Bluff Estate Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥5,500
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Howling Bluff Estate Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.7%
Product Code B003R00316
UPC 626990258858
Inventory In Stock (23)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Aromas of raspberry, spice, and dark fruit. Dark cherries, light smooth tannins, with a silky long finish.

Pairing

Mushroom risotto, grilled pork, and as always BC Salmon

Press
94WineAlign
Wow. Now we’ve come into pinot of some curious, unusual and stand up to be noticed excitement. The aromatics are circling, rising, elemental, exaggerated and complex. There’s umami here that few others seem to find or are capable of seeking out. Fine if slightly tonic tannins and structure, texture, architecture and blessed complexity. This will morph into many things by way of many stages. Drink 2020-2027. Tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019. (94 pts - Michael Godel)
Reviews & Ratings

Platinum Medal - National Wine Awards of Canada 2019

92 pts - DJ Kearney
Appealing soft ruby colour activates the senses, as do emphatic spicy, high-toned oak, plum and cherry aromas. My blind tasting notes say, ‘clear winner’, my comment added after tasting the entire flight of Pinots. The flavours are a lovely spread of ripe strawberries, delicate notes of thyme, French baking spices and fine vanilla. The mouth is filled with exuberant fruit, rounded moderate tannins, and bold oak, all kept fresh and lively with zingy acidity. A confident Okanagan pinot noir, with lavish oak that sits comfortably in the wine. Showing a bit young and tight still, let it breathe in a nice big glass before enjoying with lamb chops, or a seared sockeye salmon fillet.

Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Viticulture

The Century Block Vineyard: our most intriguing vineyard on the Naramata Bench. It is western facing, rock, sand and gravel soil. The vineyard is all clone 777.

Vinification

Aged for 12 months in 30% new, 35% second fill and 35% third fill French oak.

Production Amount

792
Producer

Producer Description

Howling Bluff Estate Winery is a small family-owned estate winery that is the culmination of Luke Smith’s life long passion for great wines. After giving up his career in the investment industry, Luke, with his 21 year old son Daniel, is producing award-winning wines which started with their first vintage in 2006. Dedicated to producing small lots of fine wines, Luke and Daniel are building a legacy, a family winery for their future generations.

Luke & Jennifer Smith

Luke & Jennifer in snowy vineyard

From Luke Smith....

I started my wine journey early; my mother was the secretary of the Vancouver chapter of the International Wine and Food Society. By my late teens I was enamored with the history of wine and food. In 1981 (pre-history according to my kids) I sat across from a kindred soul at our workplace. Craig Walker was also an avid student of fine wine and great food. We dreamed of vineyards in Napa and evenings with friends as we poured wine made from our grapes. To this day I am sure some of our co-workers remember our Friday wine and food pairings in the office, especially when Craig discovered a new cheese we had to pair with that new wine.

And like a newly planted vine, that desire to grow remained unchecked for 22 years. In 2003 we bought a fallow piece of land on the then sleepy Naramata Bench. Now, as I write this in 2021 my vineyard and others on the Bench are considered the most exciting wine producers in Canada and we are being recognized worldwide. 

And even now, as I write this my passion keeps asking me “what can we do next to make memorable wine?”

Jennifer, the real brains behind Howling Bluff. Jen is an RN at the Penticton Regional hospital, and seemingly for ever Jen worked in the ER there. In her spare time, she raises 4 kids, one of which is me and is by my side for as many wine events as possible. Jen is the foundation on which all of this relies.

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