Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way of life at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. Founder Jim Wyse is committed to balance, well beyond that of the fine, world-class wines being produced. A kind of Hippocratic oath ("to do no harm") underlies the creative viticultural and enological practices at Burrowing Owl.
This was a surprise...much better than the 04. Has honey, apple, citrus on the nose. Nice mouthfeel, coats the palate and medium finish. Hints of apple, honey, and pear on the palate. Very well done.
External Reviews for Burrowing Owl Vineyards Pinot Gris
When Jim Wyse planted the Burrowing Owl Vineyard in 1993 on the South Okanagan’s Black Sage Road, he and his peers had only educated guesses to guide their varietal choices. At the time, few growers had much experience with vinifera. Some mistakes were made – both Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer were planted on sites too hot for them. Pinot Gris, however, has worked almost everywhere, making good to outstanding wines throughout British Columbia. The variety now is the second most widely planted white, after Chardonnay.At Burrowing Owl, which also produces good Chardonnay, Pinot Gris has emerged as the flagship white. Restaurateurs almost fight to get their hands on the wine, both because Burrowing Owl has a cult following and because Pinot Gris is such a great match with West Coast Seafood. Sadly for all those restaurants, Burrowing Owl’s Pinot Gris tonnage in 2005 was cut in half when it rained during spring pollination. The winery has released only 3,330 cases.Ironically, the small 2005 vintage also was one of the finest white vintages in the Okanagan’s history, producing wines with good intensity. This Pinot Gris starts with a delicate aroma that blossoms in the glass to show fruit notes, including zest of orange. On the palate, there are flavours of peach and apples, with a tangy note of citrus on the crisp finish. 87 points.