Black Swift Vineyards – The Long Road – 2014
I tasted this Pinot Noir at The Hatch on Mount Boucherie Road in their humble, renovated barn tasting room.
I may have mentioned in many other reviews that this is a MUST VISIT winery not only for the setting but for the conversations you get to have with some true wine nerds! The Long Road will set you back a few more dollars but man, is it worth it. This is a single vineyard wine that comes from the best pinot terroir in the Okanagan and it is made from a mix of Dijon and Pommard clones.
This wine has a beautiful Burgundian feel and I could easily mistake it for old world. The front palate is filled with black cherry but the fruit is of the cooked variety adding great richness and mouth feel. On the mid and back palate, I get nice tertiary development and complexity with flavours of chocolate, truffle and yes, forest floor. The finish is intense and long with very rustic tannins that I think will smooth out if you give this wine a few years in the cellar.
The highlight of this year’s trip to Kelowna for me was definitely the discovery of these outstanding Black Swift wines.