A Couple of New Pinot Noir Releases From Meyer Family Vineyards in The Okanagan

Meyer Family Vineyards (MFV) produces some of the best Pinot Noirs I have had and I mean not just in Canada but internationally.

So the first one we will try is MFV’s Pinot Noir-Old Block Okanagan Valley 2019. Although an inviting ruby colour it is so very lightly clouded and this is not surprising as it is unfiltered and unfined. Don’t worry it’s not going to bite you!

On the nose full throttle foot on the gas aroma of June Taylorish Dancers black cherry, chubby Jackie Gleason raspberry and “that’s the way it is” strawberry. Although the aromas are as about intense as Riz Ahmed in “The Sound of Metal” they all just amount to the stellar performances of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. I said “intense” and not “overpowering”.

Just to be sure we are not an overpowering Cassius Clay we check in our palate.  Gently tannic with a bit of acidity, Subtle and sleek as a Natalie Wood performance like in “Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice”. Full of cherry, raspberry jam turning in a solid performance as Jack Nicholson in “Easy Rider”.

This is a full-bodied wine like Bridgit Bardot with the elegance of Catherine Deneuve. Moderate finish. I could get boring and say have with wild salmon or duck confit but to shake things up if you can find Brandon Jew’s sunchoke Fried Rice With Mushroom Gravy recipe (in last account in the Wall Street Journal) from Mr. Jiu’s, Moongate Lounge or Mamhuhu in San Francisco you can step out of the Hollywood smoothies and enjoy after dinner while watching “Parasite”.

I would say drink within the next couple of years because the slight amount of acidity in the wine which is sometimes can be a loose cannon as wine ages. Not an issue now however and might even enhance certain food.

(Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir-Old Block, Okanagan Valley 2019 Okanagan Falls, McLean Creek Vineyard, BC VQA, Meyer Family Vineyards Inc., Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, $43.57, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 92/100).

Well one more MFV Pinot Noir. This one is a Pinot Noir from McClean Creek Road Vineyard. It is ruby coloured and transparent. Nice pure and simple black cherry, raspberry and strawberry on the nose. A solid beam of cherry and raspberry coulis on the palate. What can I say other than flavourful, pure and very clean. There can be beauty in simplicity. And unlike the Old Block Pinot Noir reviewed above I detect no acidity on the palate. Short finish.

After the post maceration period the wine was transferred into 100% French Oak barrels 25% of which were new. Although unfined and unfiltered like the Old Block Pinot Noir this wine is clearer in colour.

Drink until 2026. I would drink with just about any Thai dish with peanut sauce.

I like it more than the Old Block Pinot Noir as it is more laid back and gentle and well cheaper!

(Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir McClean Creek Road Vineyard, Okanagan Valley 2019 Okanagan Falls, BC VQA, Meyer Family Vineyards Inc., Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, $34.87, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 93/100).

You can order from the winery by calling 250.497.8553.

Published by Robert K Stephen (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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