Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

This COVID-19 isolation provided the perfect excuse to delve into the cellar and pull out some wines that I have been hanging on to.

2017 Rosé *
Abbotsford, BC
This impressive rosé, made from 100% organic pinot noir, is pale cherry red with medium-light intensity.  The nose opens with a medley of red berries and fruit, grapefruit, and citrus.  Well balanced.  Mouth-watering strawberries, cherries, and pink grapefruit on the palate that linger on the medium-plus finish.  This wine is a bargain.



2014 Gamay Noir
vin Amité
Oliver, BC
I am a big fan of this winery and this wine in particular.  Garnet/brick in colour with medium-plus intensity.  Dried red berries, black pepper, game, and vanilla on the nose.  Good balance with medium body.  The flavours follow the nose.  A medium-long finish with spice and savouriness lingering.  This wine has aged beautifully and was delightful with pizza.


2016 5 Turns
Summerland, BC
Garnet red with medium-plus intensity.  Aromas of earth, black cherry, red currant, beetroot, meat, spice, and vanilla.  Good balance with smooth ripe tannins.  The flavours follow the nose A medium-plus finish.  Fans of California-styled pinot noir will love this wine.


2015 Merlot
Pacific Breeze
New Westminster, BC
From Kaleden’s Oak Knoll Vineyard, this wine spent 32 months in French oak.  Garnet with a slight brick rim and medium-deep intensity.  Ripe plum, red and blackberries, spice, meat and cocoa on the nose.  Good balance with smooth ripe tannins.  The aromas carry through on to the palate followed by a slightly warm medium-long finish.


2016 Syrah (Single Vineyard)
Indigenous World
Kelowna, BC
The grapes for this wine came from an Osoyoos vineyard and spent 18 months in French oak.  Garnet red with deep intensity.  The nose displays aromas of blackberry, raspberry, earth, and black pepper.  Full-bodied with good balance and smooth ripe tannins.  The flavours echo the nose.  Chocolate lingers on the medium-long finish.  Serve with BBQ-sauced grilled ribs.


(All photos, except as noted – Sam Hauck)

* pictured 2019 Singletree Rosé

60% Malbec / 30% Syrah

$19.58 online from the winery

Singletree bottle shot courtesy of the winery

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