2012 Redstone Reserve Cabernet Franc – 2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White

2012 Redstone Reserve Cabernet Franc – 2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White

2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – ****+ – Simply put, I love this wine. There is a nice acid backbone to this bottle that keeps it food friendly. This is a blend of viognier, gewurztraminer, chardonnay and chardonnay musqué. There should be no surprise that aromas of white flower climb out of the glass and dance lightly with peach, pear, pineapple and pushes up to passion fruit. There…

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Kacaba Spring Roundup

Kacaba Spring Roundup

2014 Terraced Vineyard Syrah – $29.95 – ****1/2 – Whispers of soft white and black pepper work their way out of the glass and layer over soft red fruit. This is elegant and well balanced. Perfectly ripe fruit unravels on the palate with a hint of smoke peeking through on the finish. This is the definition of elegance, while you savor this wine it feels like a caress in your mouth. The wine finishes just…

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Henry of Pelham – a couple wines for Spring

Henry of Pelham – a couple wines for Spring

2015 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – ****+ – The blend on this wine is always a little different but every year this wine seems to deliver something delicious and unique. For 2015 the blend is mainly Viognier with Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay Musqué. There is a nice presence of oak in this wine and it helps balance out the floral qualities from the aromatic grapes in this bottle….

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Intersection (July 2016)

Intersection (July 2016)

I woke up early on July 25th to fit in a visit to Intersection winery. I got a chance to walk through the vineyards and go through the wines with Assistant Winemaker and Vineyard Manager Melissa Smits. What is interesting at the winery is the attention being given to their Merlot. There are three different offerings in the portfolio and all are very solid. The portfolio at Intersection is small and focused, it’s clear that…

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Nyarai Cellars – The Virtual Winery You Should Know About

Nyarai Cellars – The Virtual Winery You Should Know About

2015 Nyarai Viognier – **** – $22.95 – When I talk about wines that drink “dangerously easy” I am talking about a wine that tastes so good your guests will finish the first glass before you can put the bottle down. This is one of those bottles. Aromas and flavours of bright, crisp golden delicious apple, peaches, and a hint of wildflower. If you really close your wine … and take a minute to savour…

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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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2013 Stratus White – 2015 Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling

2013 Stratus White – 2015 Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling

2013 Stratus White – $38.00 – ****1/2 – The 2012 version of this wine was one of the most memorable wines I tasted through last year. I opened this bottle with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. Stratus White is the definition of complexity. You can enjoy this wine now without regrets or enjoy having it develop in your cellar over 5-7 years either…

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July 29 – 2013 Fielding White Conception – 2012 Chateau des Charmes St Davids Bench Cabernet Franc

July 29 – 2013 Fielding White Conception – 2012 Chateau des Charmes St Davids Bench Cabernet Franc

2013 Fielding White Conception – Vintages 203737 – $18.95 – **** – This is a wine that is perfect for the patio, or a large family gathering. This drinks very easy, flavours are subtle and it is very food friendly. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Viognier. It gets muted characteristics from each grape in the bottle. There are flavours of apple and melon with a nice soft floral quality to this….

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March 5 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – 2011 Ridgepoint Ripasso Merlot

March 5 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – 2011 Ridgepoint Ripasso Merlot

2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – **** – (Tasted Feb 19, 2016) The nose is soft with Vanilla and Passion Fruit. The flavours of this wine are complex and delicious Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Peach, Pear, and Apples with a wonderful texture on the finish. It has been about 6 months since I last tasted this wine and it is holding onto everything that makes it great. While this…

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