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Wine Recommendation

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

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

2006 Pinot Gris Cream Label
(Okanagan Valley)

With 563 acres planted in British Columbia, Pinot Gris has succeeded in nearly every one of the province’s appellations, particularly in the Okanagan where the Blue Mountain style – dry and crisp - is, arguably, the benchmark. A handful of producers finish Pinot Gris with residual sugar; a few age the wine in oak. But for the most part, Blue Mountain defines the mainstream for British Columbia Pinot Gris. Cream Label is the winery’s regular offering. The reserve wines, a little more concentrated and aged longer, are released as Stripe Label wines.

Made from gently processed grapes, this wine delivers the variety’s sometimes delicate flavours. This wine begins with aromas of citrus. On the palate, there are flavours of pear and citrus, a classic example of this defining style of Pinot Gris. The crisp finish leaves the wine deliciously refreshing.

Blue Mountain’s Pinot Gris is a staple on many restaurant wine lists in British Columbia because this focused but unobtrusive wine is such an able companion to seafood.

Reviewed October 5, 2007 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars
Vintage: 2006
Wine: Pinot Gris Cream Label
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Pinot Gris / Grigio
Price: 750ml $20.90

Review Date: 10/5/2007

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.