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Savour - - SUMMER CONTENTS - By Rhys Pen­der, MW

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.

Wines listed here with the Wines of BC logo can be found in BC VQA stores de­pend­ing on avail­abil­ity. For all oth­ers, con­sult each win­ery.

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