Tasting last weekend at my local hotspot from Kalala, a certified-Organic winery in Kelowna that I have driven by a couple times, but never stopped at. This is the second time I've had the opportunity to taste their wares, and both times there was not a loser in the bunch. They feature three brands: Kalala, Dostana, and 3Cru.
Kalala 2012 Pinot Gris ($16.95)
Slightly off-dry, my nose noticed some pear and citrus, which both shine through and continue on the palate. Finishes well and features excellent balance. A top BC Pinot Gris. 85.
Kalala 2010 Riesling ($14.95)
Typical of BC Rieslings with green apple and a touch of pineapple, but less overwhelming than many other offerings of this varietal. Finishes with vibrant acidity and a little old-world minerality. Very good. 83.
Dostana 2008 Merlot ($29.90)
Plum and berries on the nose as you might expect with this varietal. Very complex with a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Tannins have softened but another year or three in the bottle would only improve things. Slight notes of oak as well, as it's aged 30 months in French Oak barrels. Very nice. 84.
Kalala 2011 Harmony Red ($15.95)
An interesting blend of Merlot, Zweigelt, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Cherry and violet on the nose, followed up on your palate by lovely flavors of cherry and just a touch of spice on the finish. An absolute steal at under sixteen bucks. 83
Next time we go to Kelowna, we'll definitely be stopping by this excellent winery to taste everything they have!