Stoneboat 2007 Pinot Gris (Black Sage Bench - South Okanagan BC)
Decanted: 0 min
Cost: $18.83 (VQA Wine Store)
Tasting Notes: A quality white. Citrus and floral on the nose. The palate is citrus sweetened by nectarine and a beautiful and obvious mineral finish. Stone boat is definitely in the contender class for Icon Scores.
The tasting room at the winery is simple and modern but not stuffy, the business end twin is approachable and informative, and the wine making twin and father are excellent at the craft. All the ingredients for a successful winery. Keep your eyes open for their Pinotage and Chorus.
I enjoyed this wine in stinking hot Vancouver heat with sausages on the BBQ and a light potato salad. This was one of those nights loafing on the patio while watching my beautiful wife water the flowers. Doesn't get much better than this. Well...maybe if The Dead Weather was playing. - HC
Decanted: 1 hour
Cost: $30 (BC Liquor Stores)
Tasting Notes: The FFC Claret is fine new world Meritage blend made to make the drinker think of a fine old world Bordeaux. The winemaker does this admirably. This is one tasty red blend of %79 Cab Sauv, %9 Petit Verdot, %7 Melot, %3 Malbec and %2 Cab Franc.
This wine is a fine sipper on its own, but is best appreciated with food. The very strong tannins will help prepare your pallet for the next bite of any bold flavoured red meat dish. Yum. - LC
- Liam Carrier
Cost: $14 (BC Liquor Stores)
Chateau Pesquie Terrasses 2006 Grenache-Syrah (Ventoux - Rhone Valley)
Decanted: 30 min
Cost: $18.99 (BC Liquor Store)
Tasting Notes: Dark and smooth. The nose is sweet berries offset by spice and roses. The palate is berries, cherries, and pepper, and a nice spice finish. An opulent offering from Chateau Pesquie. This is one of those bargains I read so much about. RP rates this as a 92 and at $19 this is has a high cost to quality ratio.
I tasted this when it was about 32 Celsius out. Maybe not the best temperature for a fullish red wine, but I haven't had any red for awhile and was going into withdrawal. This would pair well with the new Metric album (Fantasies) while dreaming of the fall in a heat induced coma. - HC
Mission Hill Perpetua 2006 Chardonnay (West Bank, British Columbia)
Decanted: 0 hr
Cost: $32.99 (BC Liquor Store)
Tasting notes: A true Canadian Icon white. The nose was subtle with a hint of popcorn butter and pear (I caught some light floral) that extended into the palate. An elegant and smooth Chardonnay.
Now I love the La Frenz Chardonnay but this one tops it. This is one of the best whites I have had this year. This was shared amongst friends while watching the Vancouver’s Celebration of Light from the best seat in the house. While Canada put on an amazing display of fireworks, Canada’s Mission Hill put on an amazing display in wine making. Extremely good! - HC