A beautiful tasting room, and not too bad a view as well.
$10 per person to taste, which is kind of high for BC....but you definitely do get more to taste than a lot of wineries. Also, you get a chance to taste their signature red wine which is not always the case.
Painted Rock 2013 Rose ($21.69)
50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc.
Herbaceous aromas of tomato leaf and some strawberries. The strawberries follow through on the palate with just a touch of rhubarb. 88.
Painted Rock 2014 Chardonnay ($30.35)
Lemongrass, citrus and grassy notes on the nose. Tropical fruit, minerality and white grapefruit on the palate. Incredibly young and will improve with some time. We picked up one of these to put away for a while, I am expecting significant improvement. 88-92.
Painted Rock 2012 Merlot ($34.69)
Cherries, licorice, vanilla and some flowers on the nose. Some cocoa, vanilla, dark berries, tobacco and licorice shine through on the palate. Just a touch of spice on the long finish. Will age gracefully for a decade. 89.
Painted Rock 2012 Syrah ($34.69)
Blackberries, plums and black cherries on the nose, with a touch of pepper. Sweet fruits and black cherries on the palate, Finishes lovely with some pepper. Another one that will improve with age. 89.
Painted Rock 2012 Red Icon ($47.79)
Their big bad Bordeaux-style blend. Lots of black cherries, cassis and vanilla on the nose. The palate is rich and expressive, with mocha, baking spices and black fruits. Finishes long. Tannins are ripe and will improve with careful cellaring, which is what we are doing with the one we bought. 92-94.
All good wines and lots of opportunity for the good wines to turn into "great" wines with some proper aging. Tons of potential!
Next up, another first-time winery visit, this time to Meyer Family Vineyards!