Saturday, April 25, 2015

Recent tastings of some great BC wine including some special ones

Catching up on a couple tastings at my usual haunt, Sardis Park VQA.

A couple weeks ago, Church & State was in the house; being members of their wine club, we had already tasted and rated most of what they were pouring, but there were a couple that I had not yet sampled:

Church & State 2014 Lost Inhibitions White ($19.99)

Nectarines and peaches on the nose with a floral touch. Intense citrus notes on the palate. Rich and fruity with some citrus as well. 86.

Church & State 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20.00)

Lemony notes dominate the nose, with some grassy tinges as well. Citrus and guava on the palate. Long finish. This is the winery's first attempt at this varietal and it is very promising indeed. 85.

Yesterday, they were pouring a bunch of random wines that are not available in the store; only available to their special Club SPW wine club. Some really nice stuff!

8th Generation 2013 Integrity Frizzante ($23.99)

Pear and citrus on the nose, with hints of toast. Pineapple, citrus and honeysuckle on the palate. A pretty darn good effort. 85.

Fort Berens 2014 Pinot Gris ($19.99)

Pear and a bit of flint on the nose. Tropical fruit on the palate in this medium bodied wine. Quite nice. 86.

Poplar Grove 2011 Reserve Chardonnay ($29.99)

You read that right, a new release Chardonnay from 2011. Tropical fruit, toast and butterscotch on the nose. Pineapple and buttery notes on the palate. Just beautiful, I took two bottles of this home and already drank one! 90.

Sandhill 2012 Small Lots Syrah ($44.99)

Black cherry and blueberry dominates the nose, with a touch of smoke. Big plums on the palate. Finishes long and lovely. 88.

Hester Creek 2011 Reserve Cabernet Franc ($33.99)

Plum, raspberry, strawberry and pepper on the nose. Plums and strawberry on the palate with a touch of peppery notes on the finish. Nice now but made to age for up to a decade. 87.

Today, Stag's Hollow came to town to taste their wares:

First up was a Riesling that I previously reviewed here.

Stag's Hollow 2013 Tragically Vidal ($19.99)

Citrus and guava on the nose and palate. Papaya also joins in on the palate. Full, rich mouthfeel. 85.

Stag's Hollow 2012 Cabernet Franc ($29.99)

Aromas of bell pepper and red fruits, particularly raspberry. Some smoke as well. A touch of tobacco and smoke on the palate. Very nice now but should age gracefully for a few more years. 88.

Stag's Hollow 2013 Grenache ($34.99)

Plush red fruits with some smoky and floral notes. Blueberry and strawberry flavors on the palate. The only single-varietal Grenache in BC as far as I know; reminiscent of the 2001 Cotes du Rhone we opened up last week. 89.

Stag's Hollow 2011 Syrah ($28.99)

Blackberries and white pepper dominate the nose and palate. Smoked meats and earthy tannins. A very nice example of a Rhone-style Syrah, particularly impressive given the cooler vintage. 90.

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