2014 Dirty Laundry Merlot – 2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling

2014 Dirty Laundry Merlot – 2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling

2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 241182 – $35.20 – ****+ – I have a hard time ageing white wines in my home. The problem with Riesling is that while it does have fantastic ageing potential, it offers so much in it’s youth. I recognize Riesling north of thirty dollars is at a price point where you may thing twice about gulping down a bottle on a Friday night, but that’s not a…

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2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – 2013 Creekside Cabernet Franc

2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – 2013 Creekside Cabernet Franc

2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – Vintages 245140 – $18.95 – Whether it’s Niagara or the Okanagan Canada is kind of doing it’s own thing when it comes to Gewurztraminer. The texture of the wine typically falls halfway between what you would expect from Alsace or Germany. There is nice acidity that helps keep this from sitting too heavy on the palate. There is nice rose petal and lychee – it’s pretty much…

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2011 Ridgepoint Pinot Noir – 2014 Dirty Laundry ‘Say Yes’ Pinot Gris

2011 Ridgepoint Pinot Noir – 2014 Dirty Laundry ‘Say Yes’ Pinot Gris

2011 Ridgepoint Pinot Noir – Vintages 89003 – $14.95 – ***½+ – There is something rich and concentrated about this Pinot. The nose is cherry, and it pushes right up to the line of being cherry pie… but doesn’t seem to cross that line. There is a slight smoky and cocoa note that rises above the fruit. The tannin is a little firm and this wine would benefit from 9-12 months on its side before…

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Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – Vintages 206326 – $28.95 – **** – There is a nice bready note that climbs out of the glass. Granny Smith Apple and Lime follow the yeasty notes. When you take your first taste of this wine you’re greeted with bright notes of everything from the nose but when you get to your second and third sips the depth of this wine really starts to come through. There…

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Black Hills Winery

Black Hills Winery

Unfortunately my July 2016 visit to Black Hills Estate Winery this summer was abridged. Time had gotten the best of me and I was forced to cut the visit a little short. Without getting into my notes on the wine that winemaker Graham Pierce tasted with me, I can already tell you that I am eager to head back to the winery. In my short visit Graham gave me a quick tour of the facility….

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2013 Osyoos Larose Le Grand Vin

2013 Osyoos Larose Le Grand Vin

I was privileged to be one of the first journalists to taste the new vintage of Le Grand Vin. I was also privileged to get to visit the estate. This winery has no tasting room and the facilities in the vineyards are quite literally a working farm. When I met vineyard manager Benoit Giroussens he seemed to apologize for the rustic conditions. Anyone that knows me, understands that I believe the biggest disconnect right now…

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Red Rooster – July 2016

Red Rooster – July 2016

Red Rooster is a label that many people might be familiar with from BC. They offer affordable bottles with great quality. They have a large portfolio but across the board the wines are solid. 2014 Gewurztraminer Reserve – ****+ – $19.00 – There is all kinds of tropical fruit in this bottle. Lychee and Passion fruit with nice Rose Petal balanced in the glass. The finish has nice balanced acidity to it. 2015 Riesling –…

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Laughing Stock – July 2016

Laughing Stock – July 2016

One winery that was high on my list to visit in BC was Laughing Stock. I have had the opportunity to exchange emails with owner Cynthia Enns in the past. But, I have never had the opportunity to taste any of the wines. In April I reviewed the 2013 Portfolio and I knew that I had to go out of my way to stop by this winery. When you drive up Naramata Road and arrive…

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The Hatch Winery

The Hatch Winery

The next few weeks on ww.andrewinereview.ca will be dedicated to profiling the wineries I had the opportunity to visit on my summer road trip. I travelled through the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and down to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Over the course of 9 days I tasted over two hundred wines. My biggest take-away from this trip is that it’s still too damned hard to get wines from out of province that are…

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Mar 12 – 2012 Nk-Mig Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013 Fielding Gewurztraminer

Mar 12 – 2012 Nk-Mig Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013 Fielding Gewurztraminer

2013 Fielding Gewurztraminer – Vintages 146753 – $18.95 – ****+ – This is your textbook Gew from the Ontario. The aromas are Soft and Floral but distinctly rosy. The flavours on this wine are tropical with Lychee taking over. The finish offers up some very nice spice notes and the floral finish on the wine lingers for a long time. This is off-dry but with just the right amount of acidity. I generally go eastern…

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