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Wine Recommendation

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2006 Pinot Blanc Cream Label  (Okanagan Valley)

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

2006 Pinot Blanc Cream Label
(Okanagan Valley)

Viticulturally, Pinot Blanc was the most successful of the 35 or so vinifera varieties in British Columbia’s grape growing trials of the early 1980s, launching the conversion of vineyards from mediocre hybrid varieties. In popularity, Pinot Blanc has fallen to fourth place among white varieties (after Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer). Soon, it will be shunted to fifth place by fast-rising Sauvignon Blanc. Consumers appear to find Pinot Blanc a touch bland in flavour, compared to other varieties.

Even at Blue Mountain, a winery always marching to its own drummer, the same trend is playing out. This spring, the winery planted Sauvignon Blanc for the first time. If Sauvignon Blanc succeeds here – no reason why it should not - some of the vineyard’s existing Pinot Blanc will be grafted over or replaced. Owner Ian Mavety believes that Sauvignon Blanc has greater winemaking potential than Pinot Blanc.

But there is nothing lacking with this Pinot Blanc, 40 percent of which was barrel-fermented for extra complexity. With crisp green apple flavours and aromas, the wine is refreshing and clean, a very versatile wine with seafood.

Reviewed October 4, 2007 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars
Vintage: 2006
Wine: Pinot Blanc Cream Label
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Pinot Blanc
Price: 750ml $17.95

Review Date: 10/4/2007

The Reviewer

John Schreiner

John Schreiner has been covering the wines of British Columbia for the past 30 years and has written 10 books on the wines of Canada and BC. He has judged at major competitions and is currently a panel member for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Wine. Both as a judge and as a wine critic, he approaches each wine not to find fault, but to find excellence. That he now finds the latter more often than the former testifies to the dramatic improvement shown by BC winemaking in the past decade.