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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.

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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 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.

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.