Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2015 The One (Sparkling)
Noble Ridge
Okanagan Falls, BC
Pale straw with a slight copper tinge.  Classic traditional method nose showing aromas of brioche, yeasty lees, wet stones, apple, and citrus.  Well balanced with mouth-filling mousse.  The flavours reflect the nose followed by a medium-long finish.  This is quality BC bubble for Champagne fans.


2018 Chardonnay
Tinhorn Creek
Oliver, BC
Golden straw colour with medium intensity.  The nose is an interplay of honey, buttered toast tropical fruit, and citrus.  Full-bodied, and well balanced with a creamy texture. Well-integrated oak and fruit on the palate followed by a medium-long finish.  Buy now!


2019 Pinot Gris
Poplar Grove
Penticton, BC
Pale straw colour with medium-light intensity.  A big nose with lots of varietal character including perfume, pineapple, pear, stone fruit, and honey.  Well balanced with good mouthfeel.  Pear, apple, honey, and citrus on the palate.  A medium-long finish.  A great example of BC pinot gris and a definite bargain.


2017 Merlot
Priest Creek
Kelowna, BC
Garnet red with deep intensity.  Blackberry, dark cherry, plum, sweet spice, and vanilla on the nose.  Well balanced with smooth ripe tannins and full body.  The flavours echo the nose followed by a medium-plus finish.  This is a keeper.


Photo courtesy of the winery.

2016 Dynasty
The Hatch
West Kelowna, BC
$ 46.99
This Bordeaux styled blend is garnet/black with deep intensity.  The nose is rich and layered with aromas of dark fruit, black cherries, loganberry, white pepper, and a hint of spice.  Well balanced with silky smooth tannins.  Big and round in the mouth followed by a medium-long finish with lingering fruit.  As good as this wine is now, it will continue to improve for another three to five years plus.  It paired beautifully with a grilled rib steak.


(All photos, except as noted – Sam Hauck)


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