Yesterday's tasting at SardisPark VQA was an Okanagan Valley winery that has just recently returned to VQA wine stores: Road 13. Not a winery I was very familiar with so I was excited to try out their wares.
2011 Home Vineyards Riesling
Like all BC Rieslings, too dry for my tastes; but pleasant notes of honey balance the acidity of the lemon. Rich and smooth. At $18.88, an excellent bargain; and if you like dryer BC Rieslings, this is a fabulous choice.
2012 Mitchell's Vineyards Pinot Gris
Rich and earthy on the nose with hints of honeysuckle. Notes of pear and honey on the palate. Nice long finish with some minerality. Grapes for this wine grown in Summerland. Retails for $21.
2011 Seventy-Four K
Interesting blend of Merlot, Syrah with Viognier, the Cabernets and Mourvedre (although over 90% of the first two), it features strong notes of berries and chocolate on the nose, which gives way to a rich berry flavour. An extra year or two in the bottle would undoubtedly enhance what is already a very drinkable wine. My wife loved this even more than I did, I think, and we left the store with a bottle. At $25, it could be our "everyday" red.
2011 Syrah Malbec
It has those strong pepper notes that are so inviting on the nose, and is so well
balanced it even impressed two people who aren't particularly fond of Malbec (or Syrah, generally, for that matter). Rich and smooth with beautiful hints of blueberries, vanilla, chocolate and pepper. Good now, and would likely benefit from laying down for a few years. $32.
2011 Syrah Mourvedre
The Mourvedre, not grown much in BC, adds a rich, dark, almost black colour. Very fruit forward, featuring notes of cherry and blackberry. Very long, very smooth finish. Strong, in your face tannins suggest this would be improved with some cellar time as well. If you can't wait, decant for an hour or so, and it will be very good now. $35.