Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
VQA BC, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
Natalie's Score: 93/100
Community Score: 4.7/5 Community Reviews: 3
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Product #: 639658
Wine Type: Red Wine
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Winery: Quails' Gate Estate Winery
Agent: Appellation Wines
Note: I publish batches of reviews that I call Good Values Wine Picks. These are from the regular section of the liquor store rather than the Vintages section, and tend to be lower priced and the most widely available of all wines. The last four reviews I did were: September 11, July 26, September 12 and March 7. Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 Wine Review
Such a lovely wine ... one for sighing over rather than describing. Medium-bodied, velvet smooth with racy black cherries that roll and caress over your tongue. Perfect for planked salmon or seafood, as well as lamb. Pinot Noir food pairings: sautéed pioppino mushrooms, mustard & pistachio crusted roast lamb. This Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 was reviewed by March 7, 2013 Natalie MacLean
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Tania Thomas rated this wine as 96/100 with the following review: Stewart Family's pinot passion is undeniable. The winery grows eight clones of pinot noir in its estate vineyards and is Canada’s largest producer of premium Pinot Noir. Rich and complex, it reminds of a classic red Burgundy. Elegant and fruit forward with intense ripe red fruit on the palate and a touch of spice & truffle, it is my absolute favourite. Pair it with a wild mushroom risotto for a extra special treat.
The Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir was made from100% Pinot Noir clones sourced entirely from 10-26 year old vines grown in the Quails’ Gate Estate vineyards on the Mount Boucherie bench. Harvested by hand in early October, the fruit was chilled and soaked on the skins for several days before undergoing spontaneous fermentation. After nearly a month on the skins, the wine was gently pressed before barrel ageing for 10 months. Only the very best French oak barrels are chosen for the Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir. This is a very cellar worthy wine with ageing potential of 5 to 8 years.
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Serve Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 between 60-65 degrees Farenheit or 15-18 degrees Celsius.
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