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Wine Recommendation

Pentage Wines 2004 Pinot Noir  (Okanagan Valley)

Pentage Wines

2004 Pinot Noir
(Okanagan Valley)

This is the first Pinot Noir from Pentâge – and it is a fine debut with this demanding variety. In a word, it is a pretty wine, with a delicacy and grace that brings a ballet dancer to mind. By a remarkable coincidence, a snippet of The Nutcracker Suite was on the radio on the day this wine was being evaluated. Perhaps it is time to move beyond food pairings and talk about music pairings.

In fact, Julie Rennie and Paul Gardner, who opened Pentâge in 1999, are ahead of this reviewer. The winery’s web site includes numerous images of their spectacular site, assembled in a slide show accompanied with mellow keyboard music.

Barrel-aged for 10 months in new French oak, this Pinot Noir wine begins with aromas of raspberry and white pepper. The light pepper note carries through to the palate, with flavours of strawberry and a subtle note of oak. The silken texture accentuates the sensual charm of the sweet fruit while also giving this elegant wine the substance to pair with a variety of foods, to say nothing of your favourite ballets. 88-90 points.

Reviewed November 15, 2006 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: Pentage Wines
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Pinot Noir
Price: 750ml $22.00

Review Date: 11/15/2006

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.