Block 23 - River Flow Pinot Noir Blue Mountain 2017 Block 23 - River Flow 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. River Flow is the name for block 23, a northern facing, eastern sloping section planted to clone 113 and 114, with vines now 25 years old. Like the other single vineyard pinots, the destemmed fruit undergoes a 3 week maceration, gentle pigeage, and native fermentation before transferring to new-4th fill 228L French barrels, where it remains until spring 2019 and bottling without fining. This elegant pinot is well built with cherry, black raspberry, green thorns, and fleshy wild plum. Fine, tight, herbal spices line the taut tannins, well situated to house the slight bodied fruit. The frame is long in the mouth, and lingering thereafter with a cherry / plum blossom note. Much intensity packed into this medium body. 92 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. River Flow Block 23 is a northern-facing, eastern-sloping section planted to Dijon clones 113 and 114, own-rooted, and now 25 years old. The winemaking is more or less that same as the Reserve: destemmed fruit undergoes a 3-week maceration, gentle pigeage, and native fermentation before transferring to new-4th fill 228L French barrels, where it remains for 17-18 months. River Flow presents with a cooler demeanour, and a reduced, barnyard nose that persists through the wine. The floral, cherry, raspberry, red fruit comes with bright acidity, lifting it forward in the glass and corralling the spice and earth, yet keeping it all fresh. The tannins are round and medium weight suggesting a bit of bottle ageing is in order, but mostly this is a lighter, more elegant style. It does need some time in the decanter to work off the aforementioned reduced barnyard notes on the nose. 90 Points.