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iNwine Wednesday: Nighthawk Vineyards Pinot Noir

2018 Nighthawk Vineyards Pinot Noir (L-R) with the red blend Nocturnus and 2018 Chardonnay.
2018 Nighthawk Vineyards Pinot Noir (L-R) with the red blend Nocturnus and 2018 Chardonnay.
Image Credit: Jay Lirag

Nighthawk Vineyards 2018 Family Reserve Pinot Noir $34.90

This exceptional Pinot Noir was made in a micro batch so if you were lucky to get your hands on a bottle, you are in for a treat.

Nighthawk Vineyards is a small family-owned winery in Okanagan Falls and the Bibby family is absolutely steeped in the Okanagan’s food and wine culture. Chefs, bakers, winemakers, they have one of each and more making their evolution to include an eatery on site at the winery an obvious next step. It is seasonal, so do check out their website for details on the spring reopening day.

The youngest in the family, winemaker Dakota Bibby, describes the unique conditions that created this beautiful Pinot. Although this reserve is sold out, you can pick up a bottle of their 2017 Pinot Noir or one of their other portfolio wines now.

“We only made 22 cases of that one unfortunately. We had a bunch of birds and bears and deer come through that year and eat everything. That wine was a true family effort. We picked it all together, then traditionally stomped it (in sanitized gum boots) on stems during fermentation. Due to the conditions we have in the cellar, that was a very cold ferment, so it took almost a month to ferment dry, then into a neutral French barrel for 9 months before bottling. I get these really interesting herbal notes coming off of it almost like a medicinal tonic or absinthe, and tons of pepper as well on the nose. The Rose petal notes that our 2015 pinot had are already starting to develop on this one as well which is really cool.”

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