....a COMPLETE newbie to me, as I'm pretty sure I've never tasted anything from these guys, with the possible exception of their Merlot/Malbec blend that they weren't tasting today. They had just three wines to taste, so let's get right to it.
Moraine 2014 Viognier ($18.99)
Fruity nose of orange blossoms, minerals, apricots and a bit of melon. The melons and apricot are noticeable on the palate as well, with some citrus undertones. Crisp and dry and lovely. 88.
Moraine 2013 Pinot Noir ($24.99)
Floral notes of violets dominate the nose. Some cranberries, blackberries and licorice as well. Balanced acidity and juicy tannins. 89.
Moraine 2013 Malbec ($22.99)
One of my favorite BC Malbecs. Haunting aromas of blackberries, cherries and black currant. The fruit carries through on the palate with just a touch of spice on the long, beautiful finish. At this price point, a real steal. 89.
I got to chatting with Jim, the winery's VP of Sales, and he highly recommended their 2014 Riesling, of which the store had a few bottles in their cooler. In fact he gave me his business card and told me if I didn't like it, he'd make it up to me. We opened it up this afternoon.
Moraine 2014 Riesling ($19.99)
Citrus, pineapple and ginger on the nose. Fruity and delicious, with hints of pineapple that last all day long. Off dry but not really "sweet", somewhat reminiscent of a big bold Kabinett from Germany. We didn't like it, we loved it. We went back today and bought two more. 91.
Definitely a winery to watch, and when we finally get around to touring the Naramata region, we won't miss these guys!!