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2006 Twisted Tree Six Vines

July 27, 2009 Leave a comment

I was in Whistler this past weekend and brought a bottle of Twisted Tree’s Six Vines from their 2006 vintage.  I had bought this bottle at their winery back in May of this year.  As we were in Whistler this past weekend for a joint stag/stagette for some good friends of ours who are getting married in August, I figured it was worth bringing this bottle to share with them.  I will admit, however, that I had enjoyed a few beverages prior to this bottle of wine – so my palette was not entirely primed.  However, I enjoyed this wine so much, as did the others who shared some, that I had to write about it.

First of all, I was more than impressed with this winery when we visited it back in May.  I have been to most of the wineries on the Golden Mile (area between Osoyoos and Oliver), but I had not tried any of the Twisted Tree wines before.  I was blown away by their knowledgeable tasting room staff and their friendliness.  The owners came out and answered some questions for us as well.  By the time we left, I was a fan of this winery.  I intend to buy many more of their wines in the future.

The Six Vines is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, carmenere, petit verdot, and malbec and each of the wines was fermented in oak barrels.

The colour on this wine was so perfect that I may try aging a couples of bottles for about a year.

Note: See my review of the 2007 Twisted Tree Six Vines here.

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2006 Kettle Valley Winery Merlot

July 17, 2009 Leave a comment

I had this one a couple of months back at the Blue Canoe in Steveston (Richmond), BC.  I hadn’t had any of the Kettle Valley Winery wines before, and was quite surprised actually.  They are priced on the premium side of things (approximately $38-40 CAD at the store), which is a little bit higher than most wines I buy.  However, this wine earned its place in my notes, and I will definitely try it again sometime.

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This wine had a real pucker to it and quite a thick taste with lot’s of oak.

Excellent overall wine, and a great experience.  I had it with prime rib which, as a powerful meat itself, went excellent with this wine.

2006 Blasted Church Vineyards Pinot Noir

July 14, 2009 Leave a comment

In order to delay my studying a little bit longer, I decided to post a second review.  That, and this wine really got my interest, so I felt I had to give it some justice here.

Blasted Church Pinot Noir

I loved this wine, and will be sure to have it again.  I had it with fruit, cheese, and crackers that may have overpowered the wine a little bit.  However, it was a great bottle, and I will be sure to try one again soon.

2006 Inniskillin Malbec Discovery Series

July 14, 2009 Leave a comment

In an effort to get the first post done and out of the way, I recently picked up this bottle at the Inniskillin winery in Oliver, BC this past May (2009).  I had been on a real pinot noir mission on this particular trip, and consequently, most of the wine I brought home with me was pinot noirs.  However, this one caught my attention.  I’m not going to pretend I know exactly what’s in it, but I do know that I did enjoy drinking it and would probably grab another bottle if I stumbled across one.

2006 Inniskillin Malbec

While my expectation was for a heavier wine (based on my tasting at the winery), it was quite a light wine.  Great wine for a sunny summer afternoon.  However, because we were on a wine tour, I was a little buzzed when I initially tasted this one.

But I will have to try this one again.