Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

I may get some comments on this feature as these wines might be better included in ‘From the Cellar’ and fair enough, but I have been digging a bit these days.  If a description sounds appealing to you, I urge you to get the latest release and give it a try.  These are all very good producers.

2015 Chardonnay (Woodward Collection)
Kamloops, BC
The grapes for this wine came from 28-year-old vines which helps to explain its elegance.  Lemon yellow in colour with medium intensity.  A well-integrated nose with aromas of butter, lemon, toast, and hints of stone fruit.  The wine is big and round in the mouth and well balanced.  The flavours follow the nose.  A medium-long finish with lingering flavours.  This is a big BC chardonnay.  If you are a chardonnay lover, be sure to buy some from Privato.  Trust me.


2015 Syrah
8th Generation
Summerland, BC
Ruby red colour with medium-deep intensity.  Aromas of blackberry, plum, dust, chocolate, spice and black pepper on the nose.  Very good balance, full-bodied with smooth ripe tannins.  The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-long finish.  Pair this wine with teriyaki chicken thighs, lamb, spiced pork tenderloin or Indian dishes.


2015 Gravelbar Duet
Oliver, BC
Stoneboat is one of two wineries in BC that grow Pinotage, and in my opinion, the BC versions are far better than any I have tried from its native home of South Africa.  The Pinotage and Pinot Noir grapes are estate-grown on rock soil which absorbs heat during the day and radiates it back onto the vines at night.  Garnet red with medium-deep intensity.  Aromas of ripe red cherries, plum and spice on the nose.  Well balanced with soft ripe tannins.  Pleasing fruit, primarily berries, on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish.


2015 Synoptic (Bordeaux Blend)
Echo Bay
Okanagan Falls
A rare six grape Bordeaux styled blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 3% Carménère and 3% Petit Verdot that was aged for 19 months in French oak.  Garnet red in colour with medium-deep intensity.  The nose is rich and well-integrated with aromas of dark fruit, cherries and cocoa notes.  Well balanced.  Bright red berries on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish.  Oh, and those strange symbols on the label?  “The symbols used in our label come from synoptic weather charts, where each symbol identifies a state or change in weather conditions.”


2016 Rosso di Montalcino
Altesino Rosso
Montalcino, Italy
Garnet red with medium intensity.  The nose displays aromas of cherries, dried fruit, dust and dried rose petals.  Well balanced.  Ripe fruit on the palate followed by a medium-long finish.  You can’t go wrong with any wines from this producer.


(All photos – Sam Hauck)

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