Posts Tagged ‘okanagan valley’

2007 Twisted Tree Six Vines

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

This past weekend, a few friends and I shared a bottle of Twisted Tree’s Six Vines from their 2007 vintage.  I have previously tasted and shared my experience with the 2006 vintage, and was incredibly impressed (see my post here).  That being said, I had high expectations for this bottle.

2007 Twisted Tree Six VinesTo recap from my earlier post,  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.  In this vintage, I noticed much more of the oak than I did in the 2006.

The additional oaky flavour was a bit of a surprise to some of us.  But for those of us who enjoy oaky wines, it was a pleasant surprise.  For those of us who prefer sweeter wines (ie. the ladies), it was not as nice.

I have also found lately that a few 2007 wines have not been as great as their 2006 counterparts.  Not sure if this is a fair assessment, but it appears that 2007 may not have been as great of a year in the Okanagan Valley, while 2006 was possibly one of the best.

By holding this wine to its 2006 counterpart, it was not quite a good.  But overall, still a great bottle of wine.  Perhaps this one just need a little bit more time.


2006 Oliver Twist Merlot

August 17, 2009 Leave a comment

2006 Oliver Twist Merlot

I bought this bottle in May 2008 during a trip to Osoyoos.  When we visited the winery, I had not had any of their wines before.

The owner of the winery, Bruce Hagerman, did the tasting for us.  I was quite impressed with their wines, especially for a winery I had barely heard of.  He warned us that this wine had just been bottled, and was therefore quite young when we tasted it.  He suggested that we should hold it for at least 6 months before cracking it.  Although it did taste very young, we bought a bottle in the hopes that it would mellow and blend with age.  After the 6 months, I had trouble finding a time to justify opening it.  This past week I finished an incredibly difficult taxation class and thought a summer BBQ to celebrate my completion of the course was the best time.

I was quite surprised with how well this wine aged after just over a year.  It had mellowed a little bit more than I expected and was incredibly smooth (possibly due to the unexpectedly hot summer we had).  I would say this wine was close to its best and now would be an excellent time to open one if you happen to have one.

Well received and very enjoyable.

What Is Your Favourite BC Wine Region?

August 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Thought I’d try out a poll… I am somewhat biased to the Oliver / Osoyoos area. Because I have family that lives up there, I have visited most of the wineries in that area. Ultimately, this means I have not visited any other area in as much depth as I have this area. Next year, however, I do plan to visit the Naramata / Penticton area to expand my horizons.

So what is your favourite BC wine region?

The Wine I Never Got to Drink

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment


About a week ago a friend of my wife’s flew in to town for the weekend for a quick visit.  As she hadn’t seen her parents in a while, we all went to her parents house for some wine, music, and to catch up on stories.  Knowing that our friend’s parents enjoy wine, I brought a bottle of 2005 Nk’mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt (reserve) Pinot Noir.

I had picked up this bottle on our trip to Osoyoos back in May and was looking forward to it.  I’m not a fan of Nk’mip wines, but this one stuck out for me.  And I had to pay a premium to get it too.

So I brought it along and set it on the table with the other wines when we got there.  There was another bottle of some South African wine already open that they were serving, so I just set mine aside for a while and had some of theirs.  It seemed that there was enough wine, so I decided at some point in the night to leave my bottle unopened and save it for another time.

We ended up having a great night sitting outside around a fire, telling stories, singing songs, and enjoying good company.  In no time at all it was incredibly late and time to leave.  When we got up to get all our things together, all I could find of my wine was the empty bottle sitting in the sink.  I couldn’t imagine how it had gotten that way.  There were only about 8 of us there, so I surely would have seen someone pouring a glass.  I had switched to beer by that point, so I don’t even know if I did have any of it.  Had I seen it open, I would have been sure to have a glass.

But, I imagine this happens to everyone from time to time.  So here’s to that bottle of wine that I never got to drink.

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.

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.


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.