....OK I'm sorry but Sarah Palin has almost ruined the term "maverick" for me,
Hey, look, we can see Russia from the winery!!
We were warmly greeted in a smallish but nice tasting room. They had been open nearly a year when we visited a couple months ago. They got real, real lucky during the terrible wildfires that got within meters of the winery very recently, from what I hear. A different outcome would have been a real disaster as the wines were damn good!
Maverick Estate Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($19.00)
Light aromas of lemongrass and citrus give way to powerful fruit flavors. Citrus and grapefruit with a touch of herbs. Balanced acidity. Lovely. 88.
Maverick Estate Winery 2014 Origin ($17.00)
Beautiful nose of lemongrass and apple with floral and mineral notes. Tropical fruit on the palate with abundant minerality. 87.
Maverick Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Gris ($19.00)
Aromas of red apple, tropical fruit and lime. Some apricot mingles with minerality on the palate. Acidity is well balanced. Lovely now but a touch of time in the cellar would pay off nicely. 88.
Maverick Estate Winery 2013 Chardonnay ($26.50)
Creamy, full, rich and elegant. Light notes of butter, orange blossoms, and apricot. Light minerality and citrus on the palate. Finishes long and very intense. 86.
Maverick Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Noir ($29.00)
Beautiful, fragrant nose of tobacco, earth, and cedar. Flavors are powerful with some spice and toffee notes along with plum and dark berries. Silky, smooth mouthfeel. Absolutely terrific. 90.
Maverick Estate Winery 2012 Sofia ($30.00)
Full disclosure: I am not particularly fond of port-style wines. When I'm feeling like an after-dinner wine, I'll stick with my icewines, thanks.
And then I tasted this one. This is not your grandpa's port. Made with Syrah, the aromas of ripe fruit, chocolate and white pepper almost overwhelm the senses. Licorice and plum flavors delight the palate. It takes all night to finish. This is a very, very special port-style wine. And yes, we bought a bottle (my first ever port-style wine purchase). 89.
In addition to Sofia we left with a bottle of the Sauvignon Blanc (can't actually remember why we didn't take one of the terrific Pinots as well...perhaps it was just a matter of the car already being full). A new winery to watch, for sure!
Next up: Well, tomorrow we head to Disneyland!! Five days at the Happiest Place on Earth as we take part in their 60th Anniversary celebrations. I suspect there may be some great food and wine consumed to report on when we return.
Next up on the Okanagan trip report (still SIX more wineries to go!), we take a little piece of Portugal as we visit Quinta Ferreira!