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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.

2007 Twisted Tree Pinot Noir

February 7, 2010 Leave a comment

2007 Twisted Tree Pinot NoirI bought this bottle on my trip to Osoyoos last year.  I was sorting some of the bottles in my cellar yesterday (which is really a stack of boxes in my crawl space) and found this one.  I actually forgot I had it.  So, I set it out and opened it last night.  I remember that when I bought this wine, I was actually really looking forward to it.  Meaning: I had high expectations for this wine.  According to the Twisted Tree website, this is an “aromatically intense wine” with strawberry, cherry, and floral aromas, followed by sweet spices and coffee flavours.  They suggest that it pairs well with salmon and leaner meats like pork or chick.

The wine was slightly more tame than I expected; however, it was definitely smooth.  I blame myself for this one though; I should have paired it with a meal.  Right away, I had a craving for some salmon with this one.  Or perhaps even some pork medallions.  However, I do have another bottle sitting around that I will be sure to pair properly.

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 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.