#Wine Wednesday review by Sam the Wine Teacher

BWL 2010 Chardonnay

2010 Chardonnay

Blackwood Lane

Langley, BC


Silver Medal

Tasted 2014 08

Straw coloured with medium intensity.  Green apple, mineral and honey on the nose.  Well balanced.  Citrus, mineral and subdued green apple on the palate with a medium-long finish.  This Chablis styled wine paired very well with pan seared scallops and prawns.


La Frenz 2012 Rosé

2012 Rosé

La Frenz

Penticton, BC


Silver medal

Tasted 2014 08

This Rosé is a blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah.  It is wild strawberry red in colour with medium intensity.  The nose shows aromas of wild strawberry, Meyer lemon and a hint of Mandarin orange.  Well balanced with bright acidity and good body. Wild strawberry and citrus on the palate.  A medium-long finish with lingering cranberry.


Harper's Trail Pinot Gris 2012

2012 Pinot Gris

Harper’s Trail

Kamloops, BC


Bronze Medal

Tasted 2014 08

Eye of swan in colour (coppery-orange) with medium plus intensity.  The nose is varietal with tree fruit aromas.  Good balance, slightly off dry with good mouth feel. The flavours echo the nose.  A slight bitterness on the finish with is characteristic of Pinot Gris.


Laughing Stock Blind Trust 2011



2011 Blind Trust

Laughing Stock

Penticton, BC


Silver Medal

Tasted 2014 09

This is a Bordeaux style blend.  The actual blend percentages are hidden under the foil cap.  Each year, it is up to the winemaker to decide on the best blend.  Garnet red in colour with medium-deep intensity. Blackberry, cherry, black currant and a hint of spice on the nose.  Good balance.  Blackberry dominates the other fruit – red cherry, cassis, plum – on the palate.  A medium-long finish.  Good now and will improve for another five or more years.  Spoiler alert – the 2011 blend is 47% Merlot, 31% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Syrah.


Spierhead Merlot 2009

2009 Merlot


Kelowna, BC


Silver Medal

Tasted 2014 09

Garnet red with medium-deep intensity.  Blackberry, plum, cassis, chocolate and warm earth on the nose.  Well balanced with smooth ripe tannins.  The flavours follow the nose.  A medium-long finish.  An impressive BC Merlot.


Adega 2012 Rosé

2012 Rosé

Adega on 45th

Osoyoos, BC


Bronze Medal

Tasted 2014 09

This Rosé is more like a Spanish Rosado with its medium-deep candy apple red colour. Perhaps this is to be expected from a winery with Portuguese heritage.  A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Viognier.  Red berries, cherry and red currant aromas on the nose.  Good balance. Currant flavours dominate the red fruit on the palate and carries through on the palate.  Serve this wine on the patio with a plate of charcuterie, BBQ’d chicken or pork skewers.  Also give it a try at turkey time.


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