Bella Wine 2013 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc. All these sparkling beauties are 100% Chardonnay sourced from growers in Oliver, Kamloops and Keremeos The wine is crisp, with hints of toastiness and with slight apple flavour notes. Light and fresh on the palate, the wine has a clean and elegant finish
Tightrope Riesling 2012. This award winning wine is almost sold out so be quick to pick up a bottle. Clear, pale gold in the glass. Medium nose of citrus and apple with a slight floral quality. Dry, strong acidity, light-to-medium body. Lemon, mineral, tart apple. Good length, with a crisp though slightly muted finish.
Black market Secret Society White 2014 (125 cases). The blend is not disclosed on the label, likely to underline the mystique suggested by the name. But John Schreiner suggested it was Gewürztraminer (50%), Ehrenfelser (45%) and Chardonnay (5%). The Ehrenfelser was aged six week in acacia barrels. A dry aromatic white, the wine is crisp and dry, suited to food. It has herbal aromas and flavours, along with a hint of grapefruit.
de Vine Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé is a dry wine with raspberry and strawberry notes and a peppery finish.
Ancient Hill Baco Noir 2013 is a superb wine. The wine is a gorgeous bold red colour, has ripe flavours of blueberry and plum with a hint of mocha and a spicy sweetness on the otherwise dry finish. The winery only makes about 140 cases.
Nagging Doubt – The Pull is 45% Merlot that was cropped at 5 tons per acre but the grapes were lovingly hand sorted by the wine making team. The rest of the Saint-Émilion style blend is Cab Sauvignon 22%, Malbec 6%, Cab Franc 16%, Petit Verdot 11% and is aged in oak for 18 Months and only 200 cases produced. The Merlot provides very soft, enjoyable tannins with nice acidity and the oak used is subtle so as not to overpower the spicy cherry and blackberry flavours. See if your local store still has some on the shelf as the winery is sold out.
Pinot Noir has two nominations because it’s my Christmas favorite.
Black Cloud, Altostratus 2011 Grapes are from the Remuda vineyard, Okanagan Falls. A few swirls in the glass allow aromas of cherry, anise and spice to jump from the glass.Flavours of raspberry, bing cherry and savory bay leaf in the palate. Bold with the perfaect balance of acid with tannic structure.
SpierHead Pinot Noir 2014. This entry level pinot is smooth with plum and perfumed flowers carrying to a supple palate of cassis, cherry-vanilla jam, chocolate and mocha. The 10 months in French oak is evident in the wood spiced finish, but any edges are all but swallowed up by the fruit. This medium-bodied Burgundy style Pinot Noir is great value.