Archive

Posts Tagged ‘BC’

2007 Mission Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

2007 Mission Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

I haven’t written about white wines on here at all… because I just don’t have them all that often.  But tonight called for a class of white.  My wife and I were making a creamy chicken pasta for dinner, and the reds I have just didn’t seem to make any sense.

For this particular wine, I’m not exactly sure how it got into my wine cabinet.  Possibly someone brought to one of our dinner parties to which many others had already brought and opened wine.

Good reason to host dinner parties: people feel obligated to leave the wine they brought, even if they don’t get to drink it.

I just did a quick lookup on the wine, and noticed that the 2008 has actually won quite a few awards, including a gold medal at the 2010 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition (click here for details).

But in any case, this wine was a great choice for dinner.  Now, my wife is seven months pregnant, so this one was all me.  It had aromas and tastes of sour apples and citrus.  A nice, crisp white.  A mouth-watering finish.  Overall, I really enjoyed it.  It reminded me of why I should drink more white wines.  And a great way to end a long weekend.

Advertisements

2005 Antelope Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

October 2, 2010 Leave a comment

2005 Antelope Ridge Cabernet SauvignonI purchased this wine at the winery last year.  While not one of my favourites, they do have some great wines.

This one was a deep and dark red and had aromas of plums, apples, and oak.  The taste was more of the same.  No pucker, but still quite dry.

Overall, good but not great.  Smooth, but not too exciting.  Alcohol was quite strong, perhaps I didn’t let it breath enough.

My disclaimer is also that I did not drink it with a heavy meal.  Possibly didn’t have my pallette prepared enough for a heavier cabernet-sauvignon type wine.

2007 Prospect Winery Haynes Barn Merlot Cabernet

October 2, 2010 1 comment

2007 Prospect Winery Haynes Barn Merlot CabernetMy parents had a dinner party a couple of weeks ago and one of the guests brought this bottle of wine.  Now, I have only had a couple of Prospect wines, so I’m not entirely familiar with their lineup, but I have enjoyed the ones I have had.

This wine was no disappointment either.  It was fantastic.  It was a treat that there were only two of us drinking red wine at the dinner, so we got a good thorough tasting of it as well.

The wine was a thick dark red, and had an ever-so-subtle purple hue.

I had plums and cherries and a slight floral aroma.  Medium tannins and a very smooth finish.  A sweet and smooth wine.

I loved it.  And it wasn’t too heavy to sip without a meal.  I had mine both during and after dinner over a game of cards.  Perfect.

2007 Second Crossing Merlot (Twisted Tree)

October 2, 2010 Leave a comment

2007 Second Crossing Merlot

I was given this bottle of wine as a gift in the summer.  In the past, I have really enjoyed Twisted Tree wines, so I was definitely excited for this one.  Especially given that it is so close to town (Osoyoos), it’s an easy trip up to the winery when I’m visiting.

And I definitely enjoyed this wine.

Very smooth, excellent texture.  Not too deep or dark, but a nice rich red colour.  Some plum and berry and a wood/leather on the tongue.

Very good wine.  I would definitely recommend another.  And my guess would be that now is the time to drink it.  No blue or bronze.  So just about perfect.

I would definitely pick up another.  Highly recommended.  And an easy wine to drink.

2005 Hester Creek Reserve Cabernet Franc

August 15, 2010 1 comment

2005 Hester Creek Reserve Cab FrancI just realized how long it’s been since I last wrote here.  I’ve been on a bit of a cycle of drinking regular wines instead of trying new ones.  And my wife is pregnant so we are soon expecting our first.  That puts a different dynamic on what gets served with dinner.

Needless to say, I cracked this bottle last night (click HERE for the winery website).  And I was definitely looking forward to it.  I decided it was time to dig something out of the cellar and go for it.

I bought this bottle a couple of years ago at the winery on one of our day trips through the Oliver-Osoyoos wineries.  Their winery is one of my wife’s favourite wineries (she loves their pinot gris and semillon chardonay) both for their excellent white wines and their tasting facilities.  It is always one of our first stops.

And their reserve reds are some of my favourites.  I always have high expectations with their reserve wines and this one was no exception.  Bold and powerful is what I was looking for.

The wine was deep maroon.  Thick, deep, and dark.  A little bit of browning, probably due to my inadequate storage methods.  Smells of plums, raspberry, oak, vanilla.  Taste had some spice, peppery.  And plums and berries.

Overall, an outstanding wine.  Nailed the bold and powerful.  I liked the spice especially.  Good oak flavour to it as well.  Fantastic!  Sad to say I only had one bottle left.  I’ll definitely pick up another one of these.

2007 Stoneboat Pinot Noir

April 18, 2010 Leave a comment

2007 Stoneboat Pinot NoirLast night I opened a bottle of 2007 Stoneboat Pinot Noir.  Stoneboat has been one of my favourite wineries to visit in the south Okanagan Valley.  And their wines are consistently some of my favourites.

One of the things that always catches my eye is their distinct labels and bottle shape.  The picture here doesn’t show the shape of the bottle very well, but it’s definitely unique.  The diameter gets larger as you move up the bottle, and just above the label it cuts back in to form the neck.

According to their website (click HERE), a stoneboat is a sled used to remove heavy stones and was “originally used to clear our home vineyard of its abundant river rocks.”  They chose the name because “a stoneboat is representative of qualities that we value: hard work, tradition and perseverance.”

I find their wines to be very smooth but with lot’s of flavour.  They always have a distinct oak flavour that is unique to their wines.  A couple of years ago, the wine that really caught my attention was their pinotage.  And this past year as well.

This pinot noir didn’t disappoint either.  I highly recommend either of these wines if you ever have the chance to pick one up.

Categories: Wine Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

2008 Therapy Vineyards Merlot

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

At my local curling club (Tunnel Town Curling Club in Tsawwassen, BC)2008 Therapy Vineyards Merlot there’s been a poster for Therapy Vineyards for the most part of the year.  I’m guessing someone affiliated with the winery happens to curl out there.  Before I noticed the sign, I was completely unfamiliar with Therapy.  However, some of the club members have commented that it is actually great wine.

So I’ve kept my eyes open for a while, but had trouble locating their wine.  A few weeks ago I visited Taylorwood Wines on Mainland Street in Vancouver.  I stumbled into Taylorwood Wines when I was downtown for the Olympics one time and was completely impressed by their selection; especially because it’s all BC wines.  And they have a knack for focusing on the great BC wines that are difficult to find.  Sure enough, they had three different reds from Therapy Vineyards (merlot, shiraz, and Freud’s Ego).  I opted for the merlot because I’ve been craving a wine with some punch.

I actually love the bottle design.  Nice to see something completely unique.  In particular, the back label gives some insight into that you should expect.  Although not exactly a unique practice, playing along with the image on the front, they coined the back “what do you see in this wine”.  I found the move quite clever.

2008 Therapy Vineyards Merlot - Back LabelSo I cracked this bottle this past weekend and really enjoyed it.  I didn’t quite finish it so I put the twist-cap back on to save it overnight.  The following night I pulled the cap off and found the bottom completely thick with sediment.  Not sure if I just missed this the first night or if it turned overnight.

In any case, this wine was great the first night.  I’ll have to try another bottle shortly to get the full experience.  Highly recommended.