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Wine Recommendation

Laughing Stock Vineyards 2005 Pinot Gris  (Okanagan Valley)

Laughing Stock Vineyards

2005 Pinot Gris
(Okanagan Valley)

In the year since it opened on the Okanagan’s Naramata Bench, Laughing Stock Vineyards has acquired a cult following with limited volumes of excellent wines in clever packaging. On each of its bottles – sealed with screw caps – the winery announces the wines with an old-fashioned stock market ticker tape. The symbols and prices are the actual trading prices of selected stocks on the days the grapes were picked. The reason behind this: proprietors David and Cynthia Enns also are consultants to investment funds.

This Pinot Gris – only 275 cases have been released – is a wine to celebrate a rising market. It begins with aromas of fruit mingled with toasty, yeasty notes that come from the diligent lees management that also contributes to the wine’s richness on the palate. The flavours include ripe pears and honeyed pineapple, framed with subtle oak from barrel fermentation and aging in second fill French barrels. The finish is very long, with a balance that gives the wine an appealing crispness. This is quite a complex wine. 92 points.

Reviewed July 19, 2006 by John Schreiner.

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The Wine

Winery: Laughing Stock Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Pinot Gris
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Pinot Gris / Grigio
Price: 750ml $19.90

Review Date: 7/19/2006

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.