Wednesday Wine Reviews from @Sam_WineTeacher


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2018 Pinot Blanc (Mystic River)
Wild Goose
Okanagan Falls, BC
Straw coloured with medium-minus intensity.  Pear, apple peel, minerality, and Meyer lemon on the nose.  Well balanced with good structure.  The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-long finish with flavours intensifying. Impressive.  Serve with salmon, lobster, crab, prawns, scallops, grilled or roasted chicken, or a nice bit of smoked gouda.


2017 Chardonnay (Gravelbourg Vineyard)
Second Chapter
Oliver, BC
The Gravelbourg Vineyard is located on the Black Sage Bench.  This wine, which spent nine months in French oak is golden yellow in colour with medium intensity.  The nose opens with buttered toast followed by an interplay of peach and tropical fruit.  Very well balanced with a creamy texture.  Elegant on the palate with subtle oak notes.  A medium-plus finish.  An excellent accompaniment to roasted garlic herbed chicken.


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2017 White Meritage
Penticton, BC
A blend of 73% sauvignon blanc and 27% semillon. Only 253 cases were produced.  Very pale straw colour with light intensity.  The nose is a medley of stone fruit, melon, pear, citrus, and wet stones.  Well balanced with good structure.  Very round in the mouth.   Refreshing on the palate with citrus, and undertones of minerality and stone fruit followed by a medium-plus finish.  Made in the classic white Bordeaux fashion, it pairs excellently with grilled herbed chicken, shellfish or white sauced pasta.  Great value.

Image courtesy of the winery.

2016 Compass
Vin Amité
Oliver, BC
Garnet red with medium-plus intensity.  The nose is rich, deep, and layered with dark berries, red and black fruit dusted with cocoa.  Very well balanced.  The flavours follow the nose with ripe, juicy fruit flavours dominating the palate.  A medium-long finish with flavours lingering.  An excellent BC version of a Bordeaux blend that combines left and right bank qualities with its blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec and cabernet franc.  Superb.


2015 Petit Verdot (Reserve)
Pacific Breeze
New Westminster, BC
Petit Verdot is one of the five Bordeaux varieties, rarely seen on its own.  The grapes for this stunner come from Washington’s Columbia Valley.  Unfined and unfiltered, they spent 27 months in French oak.  Garnet/black in colour with deep intensity.  The nose is rich, deep, dark, and layered with aromas of blackberries, blueberries, cassis, earth, dust, cocoa, and toast.  Well balanced with smooth ripe tannins.  The flavours echo the nose followed by a medium-long finish.  Great now through 2025.  Paired well with an herb-crusted pork loin.


(All photos, except as noted – Sam Hauck)

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