40 Knots Vineyard
October 18, 2020
Neutral Burgundy Oak
June 9 2021
Inspired by classic Burgundian Pinot Noir, this acclaimed grape is right at home on the Comox seaside. Cool, evening sea breezes blow through the vineyard on summer evenings, preserving the bright acidity and delicate nuance. Rich cherry and black pepper greet the nose, followed by a palate of silky tannins and refreshing brightness.
Rick Vansickle of Niagara wines says this: 40 Knots Pinot Noir 2016 ($30, 89 points) — A lovely nose of wild raspberry, pure cherry, strawberry, cranberry and light spice. It’s silky smooth on the palate with savoury red fruits, cedar and subtle toasted spice notes. John Schreiner says this: 40 Knots Pinot Noir 2016 ($29.90 for 398 cases). The low alcohol (10.6%) gives this estate-grown Pinot Noir a refreshing lightness. It has aromas and flavours of cherry mingled with a peppery spice. 88.
Terroir - Salish Sea: Soils consisting of sandy gravelly marine over sandy gravelly morainal leading to schistic clay at 12-16' depths. Elevation sloping 3° seaward. Hot to moderate day temp, cooling at night from the ocean breeze. Very mild winters, seldom reaching below 0°C. Farming: VSP (Vertical Shoot Position)/cane pruning (single and double guyot). Sustainable farming methods, no synthetics and minimum organic certified products used.
: Cool fermentation. Punch downs. Native fermentation. Hold until cap sunk, pressed off into Amphora, then malolactic. No alterations. 16 Day Ferment. Aged 18 months
Grapes: Pinot Noir - Clone 777 - Burgundy, Languedoc
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy this elegant Pinot Noir with smoked salmon for a truly extraordinary experience.
Rick Vansickle of Niagara wines says this: 40 Knots Pinot Noir 2016 ($30, 89 points) — A lovely nose of wild raspberry, pure cherry, strawberry, cranberry and light spice. It’s silky smooth on the palate with savoury red fruits, cedar and subtle toasted spice notes.