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Stoneboat Pinot Gris 2012 OKANAGAN VALLEY $18.90
Fast becoming a benchmark Okanagan Pinot Gris. There is pear, preserved lemon, grapefruit zest and ripe honeydew melon with a touch of flint on the nose. The palate is medium in body with crisp refreshing acidity and lots of ruby grapefruit and lemon citrus, ripe pear and strong minerality throughout.
SpierHead Pinot Noir 2011 OKANAGAN VALLEY $19.90
Following on from the success of the 2010 Pinot, 2011 is another great value wine. The complex nose shows lots of baking spices, nut, butter, white chocolate and hazelnut along with cherry, tart raspberry, earth and orange zest notes. The palate is light and juicy with strawberry, burlap, pipe tobacco, zest and meaty notes. Subtle now, it should age into something special.
Poplar Grove Merlot 2009
OKANAGAN VALLEY $30.00
A blockbuster at over 15% alcohol but handles it well with brambly berry, dried plum, raspberry, cocoa, violet and dried sage aromas and a rich, full and silky palate. Flavours of dark chocolate, Nutella, black plum, clove and orange zest linger on a long finish, let down only
very slightly by the heat from the alcohol.
Inniskillin Okanagan Pinot Noir 2011
OKANAGAN VALLEY $18.99
Another great example of how well the cool 2011 vintage was suited to Pinot Noir. The nose shows raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb, good healthy compost and a touch of cola. The palate has crisp acidity, bright red fruits and light tannins with
a slight earthy, dusty note to them.
Quails’ Gate Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 OKANAGAN VALLEY $45.00
The 2011 is excellent with quite intense and complex cherry, raspberry, earth, burlap, spice and dried herb notes on the nose and a silky yet fresh palate with seamlessly integrated red fruits, earth, nut, spice and cocoa notes with a very long finish. Should age very well.
Sandhill Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 OKANAGAN VALLEY $17.99
Shows nicely balanced aromas of cantaloupe melon, peach, lemon sherbet, pineapple, apple and peach with some subtle hazelnut and lees notes. The palate is light, crisp and zippy with weight added from well integrated oak and lees work. The fresh lemon, mineral, nectarine, ruby grapefruit zest and honeydew melon notes mix nicely with butter and nut complexity.
Tinhorn Creek 2012 Oldfield Series 2Bench Rosé OKANAGAN VALLEY $22.99
A nice refreshing rosé combining caramel, stewed strawberry and chocolate with orange zest and floral notes. The palate is just off-dry balanced with crisp acidity and nice savoury, dried herbal elements before the tart, juicy and refreshing strawberry, cranberry and raspberry fruit kick in. There is some nice minerality on the long, dry finish.
Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
OKANAGAN VALLEY $24.99
The Reserve Pinot Noir from Mission Hill has steadily been increasing in quality for years. The 2011 is again very classy with aromas of black cherry, strawberry, earth, smoke and game meat. The palate is silky, dry and nicely balanced with crisp fresh acidity and light grippy tannins. It is packed with red berry flavours, intense minerality, ripe raspberry and intense forest floor and
lemon zest that lingers on the long finish.
River Stone Cabernet Franc 2011
OKANAGAN VALLEY $26.00
A great, light, juicy and refreshing Cabernet Franc from the cool 2011 vintage. The nose has intense red currant, cherry, raspberry and mixed brambly berries overlaid with tobacco, five spice and ripe tomato. The palate is very juicy with bright red fruits and some clove, citrus zest, graphite and floral notes with a hint of leather and tobacco. Chill it
slightly for a great summer red.
Wild Goose Gewürztraminer 2012
OKANAGAN VALLEY $19.00
A benchmark Okanagan Gewürz producer, Wild Goose has made a delicious 2012. Intense rose petal and lychee notes leap from the glass leading on to the lush, just off-dry, spicy and balanced palate. Stone fruit, mango and floral notes mix with lemon and grapefruit while cinnamon and clove linger
on the long, crisp finish.