Wednesday Wine Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher

Photo courtesy of the winery.

2015 Chardonnay (Silver)
Little Engine
Penticton, BC
Lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity.  The nose shows well-integrated oak and fruit, lemon cream, apple, vanilla, butter and toast.  Very good balance.  The palate is layered and reflects the nose followed by a medium-long finish with lingering flavours.


2016 Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
High altitude vines, as a rule, tend to produce wines with better structure and this one is no exception.  Garnet/black in colour with deep intensity.  The nose shows aromas of blackberry, violets, cocoa and vanilla.  Good balance with soft ripe tannins.  The flavours echo the nose followed by a medium-plus finish.


2017 Meritage (white)
Penticton, BC
Thanks to a good friend for dropping off this lovely wine for me.  I’d be remiss, if I didn’t take a moment to remind people that this white Meritage – rhymes with ‘heritage’ – is a blend of 73% Sauvignon Blanc and 27% Semillon.   The nose is rich with aromas of beeswax, white flowers, honeydew, white peach and lemon drops.  Well balanced with a creamy texture.  Citrus, melon, pear and stone fruit on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish.  Well-made and true to the classic style of its Bordeaux cousin.  Only 253 cases produced, so pick some up soon.


2013 Riesling
50th Parallel
Lake Country, BC
I last tried this same wine three years ago and it has only gotten better.  Very pale straw in colour with light intensity. The nose is complex with ever-evolving aromas of lime, ripe apple, honeysuckle, caramel, jasmine and subtle diesel notes.  Well balanced, clean and crisp.  The aromas carry through to the palate followed by a medium-long finish.  I am a big fan of aged Rieslings.


2011 AssasZin
Pacific Breeze
New Westminster, BC
I am a big fan of this wine, so I tend to buy lots of it when I drop by the winery.  Opening this wine after an eight-year rest has only made it better.  The colour is garnet red with deep intensity.  The nose opens with dried fruit, cinnamon, strawberry, rhubarb and nutmeg.  Well balanced with a silky texture.  The flavours follow the nose.  A medium-plus finish with lingering flavours.  Perfect match for BBQ’d ribs.


(All photos, except as noted – Sam Hauck)

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