Similkameen Valley, Canada
Alc. 12.4 %
Pinot Blanc is most prominently found in northeastern regions of Europe, including France, Italy (as Pinot Bianco), Germany (as 'Weissburgunder' or 'white Burgundy'), and Austria. Originating in Burgundy, where little Pinot Blanc is now produced, and Champagne, where only small amounts are permitted, it is understandable that this varietal would flourish in the Okanagan, as it offers a similar climate. The first trial plantings of Pinot Blanc arrived in BC in the 1970's; it was once BC's most widely planted white varietal.
The Similkameen Valley follows a tributary of the Okanagan lake, spanning 90 km, from Tulameen to the US border. As with many river valleys, the variations in soil and exposure produce many micro-climates. This region is generally quite arid, but blessed with strong, cooling winds. We strongly recommend visiting Clos du Soleil and checking out their new tasting room. Alternatively, check out their online wine club! Enjoy by 2020 at 10C.
Soft, buttery yellow.
Vibrant nose that offers more than the initial apples and pears. There are subtle hints of pine nuts, lemon curd, orange zest and wet stone. John Schreiner is a fan, giving 91 pts, "This is one of the best examples, a top-flight Pinot Blanc with fresh and floral aromas that reminded me of morning in a hay field after a spring rain."
Textbook Pinot Blanc is medium-full bodied, with good acidity and flavours of almond and apples. Like a Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc can showcase many different flavours, depending on the style and origin. Clos du Soleil's leans towards a French-style, with orchard fruits, tonnes of apple and a hint of spice. Creamy texture, rich and delicate at the same time, with light punches of citrus.
Great acidity allows us to pair with rich dishes, like a decadent brunch of goat cheese quiche, or Sunday dinner of roast chicken in a lemon and butter sauce.