D’Angelo Estate Winery from the Naramata Bench. Bordeaux blend called Sette Coppa 2007 Reserve. Love the nose, wine picked up a gold medal in the 2012 All Canadian Wine Championships. Lots of tannins, time should soften it. Open for visitors May through October. Retails for $24.90. Beautiful ruby color, nice balance, solid finish. I think it’s priced right.
It’s time for wine number three, Mt. Boucherie 2009 Zinfandel, one of three Zins in the Okanagan. Bright fruit, great nose, peppery on the palate. Sells for $35. Pricey compared to California Zins, but I like this wine. 100% family owned and and grown fruit. Suggested pairings lasagna, chicken or lamb.
Here come the women from Hillside Winery in Naramata. Winery also has a bistro. 2009 Cabernet Franc. Opened in 1984, some of the oldest grapes in the Okanagan. $24.99 per bottle. Good ripe fruit, pretty color. Tasting room is open April – December. 700 cases of this wine, 10,000 case total production.
“Are you ready for some Meritage?” was the question posed. 2009 McWatters Collection in the business since 1968. 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, balance Cabernet Franc. Vines planted in 1993. Really tastes like a Meritage. Again, I’m impressed. Well balanced, fruit shines through, sells for $30. First Meritage outside of the U.S. 500 cases produced.
I love the name right off the bat. Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Portfolio Bordeaux blend. Winery is 10 years old. Called Laughing Stock because they gave up their day jobs to start a winery. Deep color, good nose, dances on the palate. 19 month in French oak. “Fun name, serious wine.” Every bottle shows its harvest date. $42. Lovely wine.
Bench 1775 2011 Cabernet Merlot. 80%Merlot, 20% Cab Sauv. Vineyards are in Oliver, Merlot vines are six years old, Cab vines are eight. One of three wineries in the world with privare beach access. Shows nicely for a wine this young and has potential to age gracefully. $22.90. 1163 cases produced.
2009 Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir from Quails’ Gate. Gold medal winner in Mondial de Pinot Noir in Switzerland. Beautiful pale color. Dijon clone. Don’t release a reserve every year, it has to be worthy. 2000 6 pack cases released. Fermented with indigenous yeast. No doubt this is a Pinot on the nose, the palate and finish. $45 available currently only to wine club members. Aged in French oak, 40% new.