Saturday, March 8, 2014

Weekend tastings of new release BC wines!

First, yesterday's tasting from La Stella. I've tasted and reviewed a couple of them before, so I'll stick with the new ones.

La Stella 2012 Moscato d'Osoyoos ($19.98)

Very light alcohol (around 8%), with flavors of orange blossom, flowers and peaches. Off-dry but not overly sweet. A perfect aperitif. 86.

La Stella 2011 Allegetto ($65.00)

Red fruit and a hint of spice on the nose and on the palate, this very light bodied Merlot probably needs some more time in the bottle to fully develop. 83.

Today, Perseus winery, from the Naramata Bench. I'm not that familiar with these guys, having only tasted a handful of their wares in the past.

Perseus 2012 Viognier ($21.99)

Notes of pineapple and citrus, with a lot of grapefruit on the back end. Crisp and clean and if you like grapefruit more than I do, you may really enjoy this. 80.

Perseus 2012 Pinot Gris ($16.99)

Tropical fruit on the nose and palate with just a hint of honey. Touches of toasted coconut. Very light. 82.

Perseus 2011 Cab Shiraz ($19.99)

Cabernet Sauvignon (44%), Shiraz (43%) and Cabernet Franc (13%). Some raspberry and black current on the nose with berries on the palate. 84.

Perseus 2011 Cabernet Franc SL

Full disclosure: I'm not crazy about Cab Franc.

But I like this one! Blackberries dominate the nose and palate, leading to lovely flavors of black cherry with some nutty undertones. Great now but would only improve with some "lay-down" time. 87.

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