Wednesday Wine Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher


2019 Sparkling Rosé
Monte Creek
Monte Creek, BC
Cherry red with medium intensity.  Strawberries, cream, cherries, cranberries, and delicate dusty wild herbs on the nose.  Very good balance with good mousse.  Refreshing on the palate with bright fruit shining through.  Cherries linger on the medium-plus finish.  A versatile sparkler well suited as a greeting wine for guests, on the patio or served with salmon, turkey, or ham.


2021 Inclination
Nagging Doubt
Kelowna, BC
This lovely blend of 75% Ortega, 15% Siegerrebe, and 10% Chardonnay and at only 10.6% ABV, it makes for a lovely luncheon or social wine to serve guests. Straw-coloured with medium-light intensity.  The nose is fruity and inviting with apricot, cream, floral, honey, lemon, mandarin, peach, and pear notes.  Good balance.  A virtual fruit salad on the palate followed by a medium finish.  If you are a fan of well-made white blends be sure to try this one.


2021 Chardonnay
Fort Berens
Lillooet, BC
Pale lemon colour and medium-minus intensity.  The nose is inviting with aromas of straw, lemon, apple, melon, and steel with hints of honey, cashew, vanilla, and sawdust.  Good balance.  Lemon cream, lime, white grapefruit, and apple on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish.


2018 Syrah
Blasted Church
Okanagan Falls, BC
Garnet red with deep intensity.  Blackberry, blueberry, cherries, cinnamon, black olive, nutmeg, vanilla, meaty, plum, soy, and pencil shavings on the nose.  Very good balance with smooth ripe tannins.  The flavours reflect the nose followed by a medium-plus finish with flavours lingering.  Very good.  Will age well in the cellar.


2019 Hidden Corner
Vin Amité
Oliver, BC
A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Malbec.  Garnet red with deep intensity.  The nose shows aromas of dark cherries, blackberries, dusty herbs, nutmeg, plum, black olives, almond, and vanilla.  Well balanced.   The flavours follow the nose.  A medium-plus finish.  This wine shows its best after ample time to breathe.   Only 325 cases were produced.


(All photos – Sam Hauck)

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