Here we are at our last Kelowna stop of this trip (we actually tried to squeeze in a tasting at Mission Hill but we got there about 4:45 and they close at 5PM for goodness sake so we skipped that), the winery that started it all for us: Quails' Gate.
This was the first wine club that we joined, and they take excellent care of us. Most of the wine clubs say that they will, from "time to time", include some wines from their library in a club shipment; but Quails' Gate actually does it. We can count on at least one library wine in every shipment. Their service is second to none, as well.
When we arrived at our table, a bottle of wine was waiting for us, compliments of the wine club.
Quails' Gate 2013 Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir ($45)
Subtle aromas of oak mingling with some tobacco, berries and spice. The berries dominate the juicy palate, with just a touch of tobacco and spice. Finishes long and lovely. Drinking well now but a few years of careful cellaring will enhance it's enjoyment. 92-94.
This was actually the only wine we consumed at Quails' Gate this trip; given the amount of wine we had already tasted today, we were pretty much "wined-out" (in fact it was even difficult to finish this one terrific bottle). We had a fabulous dinner and then hit the restaurant bar where we bought a bunch of library wine, much of which we have already consumed.
Quails' Gate 2006 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay ($80)
Now THIS is what Chardonnay is supposed to taste like. Hints of peach and citrus are present but the butter is paramount here. Fully oaked with all the butterscotch, caramel and butter you could possibly asked for. Nicely aged which smooths the flavors out and adds complexity. Simply brilliant. 95.
Quails' Gate 2007 Pinot Noir ($50)
Ripe cherries, plum and cloves on the nose and the palate. Some vanilla joins in on the palate. Long finish and the aging has brought with it some forest floor and a touch of leather. Really hitting it's peak now. 93.
As always, a terrific meal beautiful scenery and terrific wine. Quails' Gate never disappoints.
Next up: we leave Kelowna, and drive through Summerland to taste at a small winery that has long been one of our favorites: Silkscarf!!