Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2013 Chasselas Pinot Blanc Pinot Gris (West Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC
Availability: Direct from winery here, BCLDB Stores and VQA stores
Production: 11,200 cases
Date Tasted: May 6th, 2014
Tasting Notes: Chasselas is believed to originate from Switzerland and is still heavily used in that country for dry, full-bodied wines. It's a rarity in BC and lacks the name recognition many other white varieties enjoy with the public at large. Herein lies the cleverness of Quails' Gate to blend Chasselas (with whom the winery has a long relationship) with better known varieties Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Together, they make an approachable, floral smelling, orchard fruit'n'mineral patio wine with some residual sweetness balanced by mannered acidity and some grassy notes on the finish.
Enjoy this wine in its youth, chilled, while sitting on a hot deck with good company. Drink now-2016.
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