Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir Blue Mountain 2017 Estate Cuvée 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. The Estate Cuvée is a young vine (10 year old) blend of clones 114, 115, 667, and 777. Destemmed fruit was native fermented with three weeks of maceration and gentle pigeage, before moving to French oak, where it remained until spring 2019 when it was bottled unfiltered. Dark plum, black raspberry, ripe cherry is infiltrated with waves of lightly toasted oak. Cracked clove, nutmeg, suede seasons the fruit, while cedar-sanded tannins frame it. The whole is youthful and keen, well orchestrated and made, and ready for drinking now, though will hold short term in your cellar. 89 Points. Anthony Gismondi - www.gismondionwine.com (September 2019) Blue Mountain is reshaping its pinot noir program. It’s big news given the success of phase one, now thirty years old. It’s a gradual progression, and one that will see high performing blocks get some special recognition and unique bottlings. It all begins with estate pinot, the property calling card if you like, and it's essential that it doesn’t suffer at the hands of the new single block pinots coming to market. The Estate Cuvée is primarily a mix of young vines (averaging 10 years) and a mix of French clones 114, 115, 667, and 777. The estate is never showy like some New World pinots, but rather reserved and understated. Plums and cherries are lightly dusted in earth and oak with a modicum of spice and a soft, silky, ready-to-drink finish. A simple mushroom pizza is all you need to finish the match. 89 Points.