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Howling Bluff 3 Mile Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Canada, British Columbia
90 WA
Howling Bluff 3 Mile Creek Vineyard 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 13.1%
Product Code B003R00116
UPC 626990258834
Inventory In Stock (20)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

A dark coloured, warm, spicy affair with slippery tannins. It’s soft and mouthfilling with big, spicy cherry fruit and still some oak to digest, but if you love that exuberant New World style with a savoury twist you will like this pinot. 185 cases produced

Press
90WineAlign
Delicate and perfumed Pinot Noir. A basket of raspberries and strawberries, with hints of spice and underpinnings of wet leaves. Herbal edge to the palate. (90 points, winealign.com)
Reviews & Ratings

93 pts - Jacky Blisson (MW)
Intense, aromatic style of Pinot Noir, brimming with ripe red cherries, crushed strawberries and floral tones. Lots of finesse on the palate, with the moderately firm, medium bodied core book-ended by brisk acidity and weighty, yet ripe, diffuse tannins.

Silver, 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada

Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Viticulture

6 years old vines planted to a 50/50 mix of French Burgundy clones 777 and 667.

Production Amount

2220
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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