The May 2014 issue of Decanter picked up on an issue that I mused about a little while ago, namely whether there are too many wine subregions in the world. This pinot gris from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia in Canada had me thinking about this again for a slightly different reason, namely whether a wine region needs a unique calling card. It’s a perfectly pleasant wine, it’s just that it could have been from Australia or New Zealand and would be largely impossible to pick blind. Perhaps the answer to this is it doesn’t matter – if it’s good, it’s good. Indirectly it probably also shows that the Okanagan Valley is a very capable region.
This 2012 vintage pinot gris from Arrowleaf has aromatics of lemon, lime and pear. The palate sees crisp acidity and some length and is enjoyable.