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In Japanese culture a symbol used to decorate an individual or a family is called a Kamon. The kamon we chose is called a Hanabishi, the direct translation is flower of diamond shape. The use of the Diamond Flower is a tribute to my mother as this Kamon appeared on all of her kimonos and reminds me of her beauty.


2013 Sakura (rose)

The Harvest

The 2013 vintage had a little bit of everything; great heat in the summer, a damp September and a frostless October. Most varietals faired well, but the tight clustered varieties such as Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris were affected by the rain and many vineyards last all or some of their crop.

The 2013 Kanazawa Sakura is make of 100% Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir was sourced from the Loveridge Vineyard in Naramata. Selective picking ensured that only clean fruit was harvested and clusters suffering from sour rot were dropped to the ground.


The Pinot Noir was hand picked, crushed and de-stemmed into fermentation bins. The fruit was left to soak on skins for four days to extract color and flavor. On the morning of the fourth day, the decision was made to press the Pinot Noir in the afternoon. The Pinot Noir was fully fermenting and could be best described as angry.

During pressing the juice was transferred to a stainless steel tank the where temperature of the juice was adjusted to 16 degrees. No inoculation with yeast was made. The 2013 Sakura was made naturally, without the addition of any yeast. Natural fermentation led to producing a wine that expresses its varietal character and a sense of place.

Winemaking Notes

Bouquet: strawberry, rhubarb, cherry and hints of citrus
Palate: fresh and bight with flavors of strawberry, rhubarb and hard cherry candy.
Food Pairings: salad nicoise, baised octopus, paella, chicken tagine, tapenades, charcuterie, sashimi, yakitor and unagi (bbg Eel)

Varietal Profile

Pinot Noir 100%

  • Total acidity 7.0g/L
  • pH 3.65
  • Residual Sugar 5.0g/L
  • Alcohol 13.0%
  • Cases Produced: 200 cases
  • cspc +526830

Price: $17.99 / 750 ml bottle

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