Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Okanagan Trip, Part Four.....our last winery in Lake Country, Arrowleaf
A stunning new tasting room and the addition of a bistro serving small plates are part of the enhancements that Arrowleaf has undergone since our last visit a couple of years ago. The changes have definitely improved the tasting experience.
Arrowleaf is known to have a few varietals that you don't find many places, and they are also known for value, as many of their wines are very inexpensive.
Arrowleaf 2014 Pinot Gris ($14.74)
Notes of pear, apple, white flowers and flint on the nose and the flavors follow through on the palate. 86.
Arrowleaf 2013 First Crush White ($13.49)
An unusual blend of Bacchus, Gewurztraminer, Auxerrois and Pinot Gris. Fruity with hints of grapefruit and apple. Slightly off-dry. A nice value at this price. 85.
Arrowleaf 2014 Bacchus ($14.19)
Floral notes with hints of grapefruit and lemon. Citrus and grapefruit dominate the palate. 85.
Arrowleaf 2014 Snow Tropics Vidal ($14.79)
A blend of Gewurztraminer and Riesling. Green apples and pineapple on the nose with a touch of grapefruit. Citrus and tropical fruits mingle on the palate. Quite off-dry. This has long been a big seller, but this year might be my personal favorite. 87.
Arrowleaf 2012 Pinot Noir ($17.39)
Cherry and strawberry aromas with a hint of vanilla. Cherry and raspberry flavors with a touch of earthiness on the palate. 86.
Arrowleaf 2013 Zweigelt ($17.39)
Pleasant aromas of plum and coffee. Black cherry and vanilla dominate the palate. Rich and medium-bodied. 86.
Arrowleaf 2012 Solstice Reserve ($21.74)
58% Merlot, 42% Zweigelt. Some raspberry, vanilla and dark chocolate aromas and flavors. Fruit is ripe and some extra time in the bottle would probably allow it to fully develop. 86.
Arrowleaf 2014 Late Harvest Vidal ($21.70)
Tropical fruit and honey on the nose and the palate. A touch of caramel joins in the party. If you want a dessert wine that isn't as sweet as a traditional Ice Wine, this is certainly the one for you. And if you read my blog on our brunch a couple months ago, you'll know how well this pairs with pancakes! 88.
Up next, we head to Kelowna and begin that portion of our tour at Spierhead!