Arrowleaf – 2013 Pinot Noir

Sitting in the office one day and I get a text message from a friend of mine. He and the wife are out in Kelowna for the fall wine festival and he’s raving about the Pinot Noir from Arrowleaf winery. Says that I will absolutely love it and asks if I want him to pick up a bottle for me. Being the Pinot Noir fan that I am it wasn’t a difficult decision to make, of course I wanted a bottle.

That was the first time I had their Pinot Noir and I was instantly hooked. It can be hard to find in stores here in Calgary so I’m always happy whenever I can get my hands on a couple of bottles.


Arrowleaf Cellars is located on Okanagan Lake just north of Kelowna in British Columbia and consists of four separate vineyards.  It’s a family run winery, owned and operated by Joe and Margrit Zuppiger and their son Manuel. They proudly opened their doors for business in the spring of 2003.

They offer a blended line of wine called First Crush, but it’s their Arrowleaf and their Solstice line that really stand out. The Arrowleaf line is their varietal wine and includes Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Bacchus, and others. Their Solstice wines are made from the best grapes from a vintage and if they are not of a high enough quality they won’t make a Solstice vintage that year.

This time around I pulled a 2013 Pinot Noir from the cellar and it still doesn’t disappoint.AL_002 It has a well structured body with low tannins and a medium low acidity. I found it light enough to enjoy on its own but that it and stood up to food very well. On this night I paired it with a tossed salad and a chicken quesadilla. I noted a light ruby colour that was semi transparent.

Right away I noticed aromas of black cherry, raspberry and cedar. There was just a very slight floral hint on the nose but I wasn’t able to determine any particular aroma.

On the palate I found flavours of blackberry, tobacco, and just a slight note of liquorice. The first glass that I poured was nicely chilled (18º C) but as the wine warmed up the flavours started to mute slightly. This is definitely a wine best served with a slight chill to it.

I’m quite fond of this wine, for me it’s a very good Pinot Noir and is one I come back to again and again. I have a bottle of their Solstice Pinot Noir in the cellar and I’ve been saving that for the right time. I’m quite anxious to open that up and compare it to their Arrowleaf Pinot Noir.




  • Winery: Arrowleaf Cellars
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Region: Okanagan Lake
  • Country: Canada
  • Nose: Black Cherry, Raspberry, Cedar, Floral hints
  • Taste: Blackberry, Tobacco, Liquorice
  • Purchased: Winery
  • Price: $18.00

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