British Columbia’s Meyer Family Vineyards 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé: a wine with the heart of a lion

The wine has a dark pink colour. Pinot Noir aromas weakly struggle to break through but remember this is a Pinot Noir Rosé and not a Pinot Noir! Cherry, raspberry and strawberry predominate. This is one of those “serious rosés” meaning there is not a huge amount of fruit on the palate. There is a fairly discernable streak of raspberry and cherry but I think the term I am looking for is muscular and I venture to say this is built more for food. A “bulldog” of a rosé or speaking of dogs like my Westie Dylan who is about 20 pounds but has the heart of a lion when he needs it. You know my wife and son were charged by a black Labrador which was off leash in a leash only park. It was a mean snarly bastard but wanting to protect its masters Dylan leapt out and challenged a dog 4 times his size which then veered off and took a chunk out of a Sheltie. If this was my winery I’d call the wine “Dylan The Westie Pinot Noir Rosé”

Speaking of food I would pair with a pasta with a fresh tomato, rapini, garlic and caper sauce topped with feta cheese. Or a simple wild Cohoe salmon brushed with EV Olive Oil topped with a sauce of capers and garlic.

The wine was sourced from the venerable McClean Road Vineyard in Okanagan Falls and Lakehill Road in Kaleden as well as from growers in East Kelowna, Naramata Bench and Oliver. Some of the wine was produced using the traditional saignée method while some batches were destemmed and left to cold soak for two days prior to pressing. The juice was transferred to stainless steel vats and older French oak barrels where it went through partial indigenous fermentation and remained on its lees for six months before being bottled.

Growing conditions for 2020 were very good. 200 cases were produced. The winery suggests drink through to 2023 and I’ll agree with that.

In the meantime Dylan is snoring on the couch beside me after doing 3 my local golf course closed due to the plague. In my salute to him I raise my glass and toast his heart of a lion. I will also toast the consistent high quality of Meyer Family Vineyards that has never let this wine writer down and should they ever do so I will be devastated. Meticulous and clever winemakers that they are I doubt that moment will ever arrive .The underlying constant tension of a wine writer!

I suggest you may wish to contact them at 250.497.8553 or if you would like to order some of this wine.

(Meyer Family Vineyards 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA. Meyer Family Vineyards, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, $20.09, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen Set The Bar Rating 90/100).

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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