Naramata Bench winemaker Karen Gillis grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, wanting to be a chef. Thankfully, she has instead spent the past eight years heading up the wine program for this eclectic property owned by Andrew Peller Ltd. Her work with Pinot Noir from several sites spent just nine months in year-old French oak barrels and opens with a nose of plum, sweet orange, toast and earthiness. The drink continues with sweet purple fruit on the entry, followed by juicy pomegranate, tannins that provide good grip and a mouth-filling finish of tangerine oil. Suggested pairings include veal cutlets and duck breast salad as well as cedar plank salmon and La Sauvagine cheese with water crackers. Indeed, Red Rooster had something to crow about at the 2015 BC Wine Awards, where this entry won a gold medal.
Production: 389 cases