Sunday, August 16, 2015

Okanagan Trip Part Seventeen! The mountain may be blue, but I'm only blue when the wine runs out!

On a trip full of beautiful wineries and picturesque scenery, this one stood right up there with the very best. Although the tasting room itself may be pretty basic, the rolling hills of vines made for quite a view.

Blue Mountain is particularly known for it's Pinot Noir, which we weren't going to be able to taste because it sells out in less than a day every time they release it. They did have four other wines for us to try, however, so here we go.

Blue Mountain Brut Gold Label (N/V) ($24.00)

Lemony and toasty on the nose and palate. Finishes tart as the lemon really shines through. 85.

Blue Mountain 2014 Pinot Blanc ($18.00)

Peach and stone fruit on the nose. Peach and apricot seemingly trade places on your palate with a touch of minerality. Finishes long. A really nice value at this price point. 87.

Blue Mountain 2014 Sauvignon Blanc ($19.00)

Light grassy notes intertwining with aromas of citrus. Lemon and a touch of grapefruit on the palate. Definitely will improve with careful cellaring of 3-4 years. 88-90.

Blue Mountain 2013 Chardonnay ($21.00)

Citrus and toasty oak on the nose and palate. Just the right amount of buttery characteristics. A real steal at this price. 90.

We couldn't taste this at the winery, but we figured if we liked the regular Chardonnay that much, we'd probably love the reserve version , so we picked up one of those.

Blue Mountain 2012 Reserve Chardonnay ($29.90)

Aromas of apple, citrus and just a touch of oak. Lighter and fruitier than it's cheaper cousin, and this is a rare occasion where I liked the cheaper option better. Well-structured, leading me to believe it will greatly improve with some more aging. 88.

Up next: the place just about everyone told us we just HAD to eat at (which wasn't going to happen as we already had lunch and dinner plans, but we'll keep an eye out for next trip), Liquidity!

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