Sunday, June 28, 2015

Okanagan Trip, Part Three.... up the road to Ex Nihilo

Continuing our journey in Lake Country, just up the road from Gray Monk to Ex Nihilo.

First thing I want to point out is that they use varietal-specific glasses for the tasting, which makes such a difference in enhancing the entire experience. Bravo to them and the other wineries who do this.

But let's see if the wine is any good....

Ex Nihilo 2014 Pinot Gris ($19.00)

Pears, grapefruit and nectarine on the nose. The palate is enveloped by tropical fruit with a touch of spice on the finish. Young but lots of potential. 86.

Ex Nihilo 2012 Riesling ($19.00)

Done in the classic Alsatian style. Pear, lemon, lime, with lots of minerality. Apple joins in on the palate. Will improve with a bit more aging. 86.

Ex Nihilo 2014 SX Tous ($25.00)

This is a Sparkling Pinot Noir done to resemble a Prosecco. Strawberries and cherries dominate the nose and palate. This is well made, and if you are a bigger fan of Prosecco than I am, you will enjoy. 85.

Ex Nihilo 2013 Pinot Noir ($32.00)

Now we are talking. Hints of cherry, vanilla and coffee on the nose. Strawberry notes on the palate with a touch of spice on the finish. Absolutely lovely now and I wonder how good it will get with a bit more time? We took one of these home so I will let you know. 90-92.

Ex Nihilo 2012 Journey of Hope IceWine ($150 but the website now says it is sold out)

100% Merlot. Strong aromas of strawberry, honey and just the slightest bit of cedar. Dried cherries, raspberries and a touch of raisin on the palate. It's expensive, for sure, but it's also very, very good. 94.

All good wines and a fabulous tasting experience. In addition to the wine, they feature some spectacular art from local artists (which is all for sale, if you are an art lover), a small bistro that features some small plates and pizza, and beautiful grounds to marvel at as you enjoy your lunch or your wine. We really enjoyed our time here!

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