2014 Laughing Stock Portfolio Blend

2014 Laughing Stock Portfolio Blend

British Columbia, Canada

$40.00 Quantity

VARIETAL: Bordeaux Blend

ALCOHOL: 14.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

94 points - Wine Enthusiast "Cellar Selection"
93 points - Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail
93 points - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun

Reviews:

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Why We're Drinking It:

Just like a finely balanced stock portfolio, putting together a blended wine takes finesse and judgment so that the experience of the whole will be greater than the sum of the individual parts. Our flagship Portfolio wine has culminated into becoming a world-class Bordeaux blend by combining first-class grapes and highly reputable winemaking.

The 2014 vintage combines the five classic varietals: 49% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot to create a multi-layered, complex wine.

Using double sorting tables to sort grapes first by cluster and then by berry allows us to put meticulous attention on using only the best grapes in our wines. Our oak program continues to be fine-tuned and includes the use of oak fermenters in addition to our stainless steel tank ferments. Portfolio is aged exclusively in French oak barrels and puncheons for 19 months.

Barrels are individually tasted and selected to create balance in flavours, tannins and acidity in the final blend of Portfolio.

The resulting wine has a nose of dark dried berries, cedar and a hint of clove. On the palate, black cherry and bramble with anise and thyme notes. More elegant in body from the cooler vintage, it has a great structure and long finish.  Well crafted for aging and food pairing.

Vintage Notes: Simply put, the 2014 growing year was HOT. For grape growing, that translates to a quality vintage year. Even with the typical June rains, the season was above average for temperatures and the early spring really created a long growing season. While we anticipated an early harvest, we did get a nice pause with warm days and cool nights typical of the Okanagan Valley. This allowed flavours to develop and catch up with the sugar development and still retain fresh acidity for balanced whites. Definitely a stunning vintage.

Tasting Notes:

The 2014 vintage of Portfolio has a luscious nose with flavour notes of sun-soaked strawberry, rich plum, dried thyme and a powerful somewhat savoury body. The tannins are muscular and are highlighted by refreshing acid which will ensure the age-ability of this wine. The finish is smooth and velvety and the flavours intermingle and evolve further after every sip.

The Story to Know:

Previous to Laughing Stock, both David and I led conservative, methodical, and calculated lives in the Financial Industry.

In 2003, we did the unfathomable; we followed our hearts, and bullishly invested everything into the wine industry. An emotional decision that our pinstriped peers thought was ... fiscally foolish, and financially unwise.

The Laughing Stock name may have unwittingly been conceived at this time. Heaven knows we heard the term over-and-over again from our colleagues on Bay Street and Wall Street.

But this was a venture that had to be pursued, regardless of the dire financial forecasts. David often says, this is our 'vow of poverty'.

Prior to the acquisition, we made several research sojourns to vineyards and wineries across Europe and the United States. We met with the most talented winemakers, insightful viticulturists, and successful winery owners. We gained a wealth of knowledge from their collective wisdom.

David had already started as a true 'garagiste' winemaker in 2001 creating beautiful vintages of small batch, hand-crafted wines with fruit sourced from some of the best vineyards in Washington State. He augmented his knowledge with various courses and workshops at UC Davis in California. David then apprenticed under some of the best wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley.

As for me, my transformation from being an MBA "suit" to becoming "vineyard manager" has been highly gratifying. The satisfaction of watching the vines grow and grapes develop has been very grounding. Even though, at times, Mother Nature throws curve balls that are wilder than anything we've ever experienced in the Stock Market.

Ten years later, I'm forever watchful over volatile conditions, and David continues to savour wines in the garage. Some things never change.

Cheers!

David & Cynthia Enns

Perfect Pairings:

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Just like a finely balanced stock portfolio, putting together a blended wine takes finesse and judgment so that the experience of the whole will be greater than the sum of the individual parts. Our flagship Portfolio wine has culminated into becoming a world-class Bordeaux blend by combining first-class grapes and highly reputable winemaking.

The 2014 vintage combines the five classic varietals: 49% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot to create a multi-layered, complex wine.

Using double sorting tables to sort grapes first by cluster and then by berry allows us to put meticulous attention on using only the best grapes in our wines. Our oak program continues to be fine-tuned and includes the use of oak fermenters in addition to our stainless steel tank ferments. Portfolio is aged exclusively in French oak barrels and puncheons for 19 months.

Barrels are individually tasted and selected to create balance in flavours, tannins and acidity in the final blend of Portfolio.

The resulting wine has a nose of dark dried berries, cedar and a hint of clove. On the palate, black cherry and bramble with anise and thyme notes. More elegant in body from the cooler vintage, it has a great structure and long finish.  Well crafted for aging and food pairing.

Vintage Notes: Simply put, the 2014 growing year was HOT. For grape growing, that translates to a quality vintage year. Even with the typical June rains, the season was above average for temperatures and the early spring really created a long growing season. While we anticipated an early harvest, we did get a nice pause with warm days and cool nights typical of the Okanagan Valley. This allowed flavours to develop and catch up with the sugar development and still retain fresh acidity for balanced whites. Definitely a stunning vintage.

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94 points - Wine Enthusiast "Cellar Selection"
93 points - Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail
93 points - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun

The 2014 vintage of Portfolio has a luscious nose with flavour notes of sun-soaked strawberry, rich plum, dried thyme and a powerful somewhat savoury body. The tannins are muscular and are highlighted by refreshing acid which will ensure the age-ability of this wine. The finish is smooth and velvety and the flavours intermingle and evolve further after every sip.

Previous to Laughing Stock, both David and I led conservative, methodical, and calculated lives in the Financial Industry.

In 2003, we did the unfathomable; we followed our hearts, and bullishly invested everything into the wine industry. An emotional decision that our pinstriped peers thought was ... fiscally foolish, and financially unwise.

The Laughing Stock name may have unwittingly been conceived at this time. Heaven knows we heard the term over-and-over again from our colleagues on Bay Street and Wall Street.

But this was a venture that had to be pursued, regardless of the dire financial forecasts. David often says, this is our 'vow of poverty'.

Prior to the acquisition, we made several research sojourns to vineyards and wineries across Europe and the United States. We met with the most talented winemakers, insightful viticulturists, and successful winery owners. We gained a wealth of knowledge from their collective wisdom.

David had already started as a true 'garagiste' winemaker in 2001 creating beautiful vintages of small batch, hand-crafted wines with fruit sourced from some of the best vineyards in Washington State. He augmented his knowledge with various courses and workshops at UC Davis in California. David then apprenticed under some of the best wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley.

As for me, my transformation from being an MBA "suit" to becoming "vineyard manager" has been highly gratifying. The satisfaction of watching the vines grow and grapes develop has been very grounding. Even though, at times, Mother Nature throws curve balls that are wilder than anything we've ever experienced in the Stock Market.

Ten years later, I'm forever watchful over volatile conditions, and David continues to savour wines in the garage. Some things never change.

Cheers!

David & Cynthia Enns