Owners Shay and Harlee Code decided in 2016 to purchase land in Okanagan Falls on which they planted Viognier, Syrah, several clones of Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay grapes.
In 2021, they made the full time move once their home and crush pad were established, but this bottle was made in 2020 at Roche (on the Naramata Bench). All Code Wine from 2022 onward has been made at their own OK Falls winery building.
This is one lovely wine. Translucent magenta with aromas of cranberry, raspberry and green leaf, the palate is dry with light tannins and flavours of more cranberry, field berry, pomegranate, mint, and green grass.
We enjoyed this immensely with turkey, trimmings and fresh cranberry sauce.
Unfiltered and unfined, it’s the type of wine that’s right up my alley. Beautifully elegant – delicious and delicate – it boasts absolutely phenomenal colour. Their marketing is also spot on – complete with a clever play on their surname, combined with the genetic coding of whatever grape is in the bottle.
You can buy these wines at the winery itself, or at a few select stores in the Okanagan, Vancouver, and Victoria. Code’s production is tiny (only about 600 cases annually), and only 22 cases of this Pinot Noir Clone 777 were produced. If you are lucky to find a bottle (or receive one as I did), enjoy it!