Martin's Lane Pinot Noir Naramata
MISSION HILL / MARK ANTHONY
These are early days for this label, but Naramata Ranch, first planted in 2008 with several blocks added at different elevations and expositions, has become a wonderland of meso-climates for BC pinot noir. Mid-valley temperatures are just warm enough to invite the richer style of New World pinot noir while it remains cool enough to be somewhat spare in form too. The soils, or perhaps better said rocks, are red granite rock on the surface over granite bedrock with no grass or cover crop. The aromas are savoury and earthy with juicy flavours of cranberries, red currants and smoky, spicy licorice with a whiff of Ponderosa pine. It's the elegance of this wine that attracts. The wine is made with equal parts of the three clones Pommard, 943 and 667 that spend seventeen months in extra tight grain French oak. It is bottled unfiltered, in this case, at 14 percent alcohol.
92 pts Anthony Gismondi