Thursday, September 18 from 4 to 7
At this tasting we will pour 4 Cabernet Franc wines. Many are of the opinion that Cabernet Franc has the potential to be a signature red for BC. Come and taste and learn about the characteristics of this original Bordeaux varietal that thrives in our backyard.
THE EXTRA is the new vintage of Perseus Viognier.
Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2011, $23.99
The 2011 Black Sage Vineyard(tm) Cabernet Franc is produced from tenacious vines that for over 20 years have thrived in the rugged South Okanagan desert. Aged in French and American oak for more than 12 months, it offers ripe cherry and blackberry flavours mingled with earthy notes, a hint of bell pepper and spice.
Fairview Cellars Cabernet Franc 2011, $29.88
"This is a classic expression of the variety, with brambly ar0mas and with blackberry flavours. The spicy finish is one reason why Bill recommends pairing this wine with Greek food, tandoori chicken or satay pork." 90 pts. John Schreiner
Gold Hill Cabernet Franc 2012, $26.90
"A consistent achiever in the hands of Gold Hill, their latest vintage displays all of the classic BC-Franc notes of sagebrush, dried herbs and ripe, wild berry fruit on the aromatic and French oak-kissed nose. The ripe berry fruit carries through to the dry palate where it's balanced with savoury, cured meat, mocha and vanilla flavours and framed by rounded tannins. Fresh acidity keeps the moderate finish lively where spice lingers. Ready to go now and will hold for another 2-3 years. Drink now-2017." 90 pts. Liam Carrier, Icon Scores.ca
Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc 2012, $24.99
This Cabernet Franc offers ripe blackberry and huckleberry fruit aromas complimented by a sweet smelling medley of wild sagebrush, dried bay leaf and pipe tobacco notes. The dry palate has a restrained richness, with some fullness originating from the secondary "malolactic" fermentation (a process that softens the residual acidity), yet, it remains refreshing and fluid with a masculine profile of bright, berry fruit, cooking spices, light oak and mineral flavours. Tannins are of the rounded, easy-drinking variety which support early consumption. Should make for perfect Fall weather and hearty food pairings like beefy stews and savoury roasts. Drink now-2016.' 89pts. Liam Carrier, Icon Scores.ca
THE EXTRA - Perseus Viognier 2013, $17.90
"Distinguishes itself from other richly textured, tropical fruit-driven Viogniers with a cool, steely vein of minerals on the pineapple and white peach scented nose and the juicy/tangy palate. At 14.5% residual alcohol, this is not a wine for the faint of heart - it will brighten your cheeks. The fullness of the mouth feel helps manage the alcohol and enhances the length of the finish where citrus rind and steel notes linger. Drink 2014-2017." 88pts. Liam Carrier, Icon Wines.ca
Saturday, September 20 from 3 to 6
Come and taste 5 new releases from the always popular See Ya Later Ranch.
The wines being poured are:
See Ya Later Ranch Gewurztraminer 2013, was $16.99 NOW $15.99
See Ya Later Ranch produces "a wide range of approachable, well-made, single-varietal wines and blends. Their Gewurztraminer fits the mould with its playful nose and ripe, juicy, off-dry palate, balanced nicely with crab apple acidity. Lychee and white peach aromas and flavours dominate while apple cider and mineral notes add complexity. Most vintages feature 10-15% Ehrenfelser blended in for added drama and tangyness. Enjoy this wine in the year it was produced or within 1-2 years afterwards. A fine summer sipper and a great match for popcorn. Drink now-2015
" 87 pts. Liam Carrier, Icon Scores.ca
See Ya Later Ranch Pinot Gris 2012, was $19.99 NOW $16.99
Good colour with light pink salmon overtures, and a rich complex nose of vanilla, peach pit and spice. The flavours are consistent on the palate with a round smooth finish.
See Ya Later Ping 2012 was $27.99 NOW $24.99
Aromas of dark plum and cherries permeate from the glass at first, followed by spice and vanilla flavours that flood the palate. Firm full tannins on the finish make it a great wine for food pairing.
See Ya Later Pinot Noir 2011 was $21.99 NOW $19.99
This Pinot Noir shows bright red fruit, fresh acidity and supple tannins. Aromas of black cherries and a mild essence of oak precede a rich palate of strawberry and cherry with a luscious, creamy mouth feel leading to an amazing lingering finish.
See Ya Later Ranch Rover 2012, was $24.99 NOW $21.99
Rover, named after one of the Major's favourite companions, was co-fermented with Viognier skins to enhance the colour of the wine and lift the aromatics. This rich, powerful and complex wine experienced full malo-lactic fermentation, and shows off flavours of blueberry, black cherry, and spice. Great on its own or pairs with casual fare including pulled pork sandwich, peach barbecue sauce and fresh slaw.