Wednesday Wine Reviews with @Sam_WineTeacher


2022 Riesling
Okanagan Falls, BC
The grapes for this wine came from the Garagan Vineyard on the Naramata Bench.  They were whole-bunch pressed and aged in 73% stainless steel and 27% in neutral French oak barrels. Only 211 cases were produced.  Lemon yellow with medium-minus intensity.  Lime, minerality, nectarine, lemon cream, peach, apple, honey, and white flowers on the nose.  Good balance.  The nose is mirrored on the palate with apple, lime, and nectarine flavours dominating.  A medium-plus finish.  This is a lovely afternoon wine with only 11.9% ABV.  Serve with a fresh fruit salad, clam linguini, or scallop pasta.
90 Points


2022 Kerner
Oliver, BC
Lemon yellow with medium-light intensity.  Lime, lemon cream, pear, tangerine, and spice on the nose.  Good balance and good mouthfeel.  Pleasing on the palate with honey, citrus, tropical fruit, and orange-peel flavours followed by a medium finish.  This one is a crowd-pleaser.
89 Points


2022 Rosé
Meyer Family Vineyards
Okanagan Falls, BC
Cherry red with medium intensity.  The nose is inviting with notes of orange zest, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, and a hint of pepper.  Good balance with medium-plus body.  Bright fruit on the palate with flavours echoing the nose. Followed by a medium-plus finish.  Serve with roasted chicken, turkey, or a balsamic-marinated pork tenderloin.
90 Points


2017 Pinot Noir
Naramata, BC
These grapes were grown in soil that was rich with calcium carbonate and fractured glacial till.  Fermented using 50% whole clusters in large wooded 600-litre barrels.  Only 75 cases were made.  Garnet/ruby red with medium-plus intensity.  Aromas of canned black cherries, cigar box, tobacco leaf, beetroot, black tea, and forest floor.  Good varietal character.  Good balance with firm ripe tannins.  The flavours reflect the nose followed by a medium-plus finish.  Pair this one with charcuterie, BBQ ribs, smoked chicken, or ham.
90 Points


2018 The Cabernets
Carter Wine Company
Okanagan Falls, BC
This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc from the Hawk’s Vineyard and aged in barrels for 18 months.  Only 98 were cases made.  Garnet red with medium-deep intensity.  Blackberry, dark cherries, spice, green pepper, leafy, cedar, dusty herbs, and sawdust on the nose.  Good balance with ripe tannins.  Pleasing flavours on the palate followed by a medium finish.  Serve with ribs.
89 Points


(All photos – Sam Hauck)

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