Earthy, Muscular, textural. The da Silva estate is located on the Naramata Bench and is owned by Richard and Twylla da Silva. Da Silva's story begins in 1955 when the family moved from Portugal to the Okanagan Valley--in 1959 they purchased an orchard. Almost 50 years later, in 2006, the family built a winery and today they draw fruit from 11 different vineyards/growers located in: Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Penticton.
The winery is also home to The Kitchen at da Silva, where a fusion of Mexican~Portuguese tapas is the theme.
The Pinot Noir comes from vines grown on the Naramata Bench and Penticton West Bench--the Hidden Hollow Vineyard and Lazy Dog Vineyard. It was barrel aged for 24 months in Hungarian oak (40%) and French oak (60%) both medium+ toast.
It has some heft and a slightly more muscular bearing than many other BC versions--rich forest floor earthiness is wrapped in salted sauteed beet greens, small tart red berries and peppery spices. It has some texture too; again tangy small berry flavours are layered with spice and tealeaf. It has notable weight and doesn't lack freshness.
Cellar Keepers, French Food
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Wine Scores reviewed - 2021-08-19 23:01:24.0