Block 14 - Gravel Force Pinot Noir Blue Mountain 2017 Block 14 - Gravel Force Pinot Noir Treve Ring - www.gismondionwine.com (October 2019) The 2017 vintage launched Blue Mountain's new Pinot Noir program, consisting of two vineyard blends, and three single-vineyard wines. It's an exciting move for the pinot specialists, one of BC's first and foremost iconic / cult family-owned wineries. Block 14's western and southerly exposure gave it more sun power than other estate sites, and coupled with the site's rocky gravels, loamy sand, and clay, provides the perfect environment for a structural pinot. 30-year-old clone 115 and 667 vines were native fermented over three weeks before moving into new - 4th fill 228L French barrels where it remained until bottling, unfined, in spring 2019. There's a gentle brooding to the darker shaded, muscular fruit. Wild raspberry, cherry, is threaded with light smoke, a hum of stony minerality, and a fine, soft texture. Tannins are as firm as a terse whisper, containing the 13-degree body deftly. Serve this medium red with a slight chill, and a wild mushroom or truffled risotto. 91 Points. Anthony Gismondi - www.gismondionwine.com (September 2019) Blue Mountain revamped its nearly thirty-year-old pinot noir program in 2017, choosing to add three single-vineyard labels that are more like individual blocks. Block 14 is labelled Gravel Force in a nod to the numerous small, round stones that are mixed into light clay over an old, dry river bed. It faces west and south, giving it a hefty dose of sun each day, adding structure and even a bit of power to the wine made from 30-year-old clones 115 and 667. The result is a more opulent, muscular style, and a more profound darker brooding fruit style à la Central Otago. The good news is a rift of minerality holds the wine together, never letting it get too far off the line. Did I mention it is only 13 percent alcohol? You can sit on this one for five years, but you can also serve it with a classic mushroom risotto or a Bejing duck dish. 91 Points.