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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.

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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.

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2007 Gehringer Brothers Private Reserve Pinot Noir

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

2007 Gehringer Brothers Private Reserve Pinot NoirI bought this bottle last year at the winery when I visited in May.  Seems to be a bit of a trend, I know.  In any case, I have not had a lot of experience with Gehringer Brothers wines.  But I was impressed with this one when I visited their winery last year.  I have found some of their wines to be a little bit soft for my taste.  However, this one was different.

I found the wine very enjoyable and easy to drink.  When I’m excited to try a wine I haven’t had before, I tend to save it until after dinner so that nothing gets in the way.  For some wines, this isn’t they greatest idea (as the flavours sometimes need some accompaniment); however, this wine was great on its own.  Next time I’m up there,  I’ll be sure to pick up a couple more bottles of their Private Reserve line.

2008 Desert Hills Gamay

February 24, 2010 1 comment

2008 Desert Hills GamayOne of my favourite wineries on the Black Sage Bench is Desert Hills.  I’m not sure why exactly I like it, but I do.  I try to stop in every time I am in the area.  One of my favourite wines is their Gamay.

I think I partly like that the winery is a small, family run operation.  I also like that they make consistently excellent wines.  And the family is incredibly friendly.  It’s easy to visit for a tasting and end up in a conversation.  The first time I was there, around four or five years ago, a gentleman came in to taste some wine (which he had never tasted before).  He was on a trip through the valley to pick out wine for his son’s wedding.  He ended up buying a number of cases of their Gamay on the spot.  I guess from that point on, I always paid close attention to the wines I was tasting, even if they were lesser known wines.

Now Desert Hills has developed quite a reputation for themselves and recently won the SILVER Indy Int’l , Bronze Ok Wine Festival & Int’l for their 2008 Gamay (click HERE for their notes).

In any case, I shared this bottle with my wife tonight.  My wife does not drink many reds at all, but this one she likes.  Overall, this is an excellent wine.  I love this wine because it doesn’t need to be paired with anything.  Even as Desert Hills states on their website, this is a great sipping wine.  I agree.

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2006 Jackson Triggs Proprietor’s Reserve Meritage

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

2006 Jackson Triggs MeritageI was in Osoyoos a few weeks ago visiting some family, and wanted to visit at least one of the wineries while I was there.  Given that it is February, most were closed.  So, I picked one of the very few wineries in the Oliver-Osoyoos area that I had not already been to: Jackson Triggs.  When you first drive up, the winery looks like a warehouse (the facility houses the Vincor offices and distribution center for western Canada).  However, once you get up the driveway, it is actually quite a nice facility.  The lady who served us was incredibly friendly and quite knowledgeable.

In the past, I have avoided the big wineries for the reason that I can always find their wines back in the lower mainland.  In other words, I usually focus on the small wineries and the wines that I won’t be able to find anywhere else.  But this trip was worth the effort.  I enjoyed every wine I tasted and bought two bottles, including the 2006 Jackson Triggs Proprietor’s Reserve Meritage.

I opened the bottle this past Saturday and shared it with some friends.  As expected, I greatly enjoyed the wine.  It was not as strong as I expected, but a very smooth wine.  Overall, excellent.