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Howling Bluff Cronie Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Canada, British Columbia
Howling Bluff Cronie Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Howling Bluff Estate Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥5,500
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Howling Bluff Estate Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Product Code B003R00517
Inventory In Stock (39)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

The Acta (Latin, for beach) vineyard block is a western facing rock, sand, and gravel plot sloping towards Okanagan Lake. This vineyard of Clone 777 vines was part of the beach of glacial-era Lake Penticton creating ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir with warm summer days and a cooler lake breeze in the evening.

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

This wine was aged for 12 months in 30% new, 35% second fill and 35% third fill French oak. Cellaring - up to 10 years

Pairing

Mushroom risotto, grilled pork, and as always BC Salmon

Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

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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