Availability: Widely available in BC
Date Tasted: November 30th, 2009
Tasting Notes: Following the Bordeaux tradition of using the best grapes for the Chateaux's flagship wine and then using the remaining grapes for another release, this "Second Label" wine from outstanding southern Okanagan producer Osoyoos LaRose is a fantastic Meritage blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
An inky-garnet coloured wine with intense aromas of dark fruit, licorice and pencil shavings on the nose. The palate offers developing flavours of nibs, dark fruit, vanilla, leather with exciting spicy notes. Good tannins and acidity will allow for further development yet the wine very approachable now with patient decanting. Drink now through 2012. - LC
SKU 343103 UPC 871610004005
Availability: BCLDB Stores
Date Tasted: September 22nd, 2009
Tasting Notes: The Loire Valley produces many diverse and satisfying Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc wines. The Vouvray appellation is a prominent producer of crisp and complex Chenin Blanc with strong minerality.
On the muted nose you get find aromas of green-apple and candied-dry apples with mineral notes. On the medium-bodied palate you will find youthful flavours of pineapple, lime stone and cooking spices with a slight underlying taste of chalk and high acidity. Subtle complexity increases with more time in the glass creating gentle aromatics on the nose. Well balanced and approachable now. Drink now through 2013. - LC
SKU 309567 UPC 3466600710041
Availability: Limited. Select BCLDS stores
Date Tasted: November 10th, 2009
Tasting Notes: This single-vineyard reserve Pinot Noir still displays the old company name and logo, Golden Mile Cellars, yet the juice inside is familiarly Road 13. Meant as a step-up from their standard Pinot Noir, this medium-dark, purple-ruby coloured wine offers medium-plus intensity aromas of plums, nibs and dark cherry with slight oak notes.
On the medium-bodied palate the aromas carry through adding flavours of bitter chocolate and dark fruits with medium-plus acidity and medium tannins. A long, balanced finish complete the very satisfying experience. Let this wine decant for 2 hours and sip slowly for further development in the glass.
As good as this Pinot Noir is, it mostly serves to remind us how good the standard Road 13 Pinot is at only $23 failing to make a distinctive and lasting impression justifying its $35 price tag. Drink now through 2012. - Liam Carrier
- Liam Carrier
- Liam Carrier