Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tasting of Ex Nihilo, just don't ask me how to pronounce it

OK that's not really true, I believe it's Ex NEH-HEE-LOW. But don't quote me.

Tasted four wines at Sardis Park VQA yesterday. We visited this winery in Lake Country on our Okanagan trip in June, but three of the four wines we were going to taste were different. Here we go.

Ex Nihilo 2014 Pinot Gris

This one was tasted and reported on in June. No change in my opinion.

Ex Nihilo 2013 Riesling ($24.99)

Notes of pear, apple and stone fruit on the nose. Citrus and high acidity dominate the palate. Really high acidity, in fact, and would probably be a lovely pairing with fatty seafood. On it's own at a tasting isn't really the place to try it. 87.

Ex Nihilo 2014 Pinot Noir ($45.99)

We enjoyed the 2013 when we tasted in June and bought a bottle for our cellar. The 2014 might even be better. Just bottled in July, this is already showing terrific. Cherry, strawberry and smoke on the nose and continuing through to the palate. Just a touch of spice on the finish. Very young, and I'm betting it really improves to something special. 91-93.

Ex Nihilo 2012 Merlot ($35.99)

The winery is too far north to grow Merlot grapes, these are brought in from vineyards in Okanagan Falls and Similkameen Valley. We didn't get a chance to taste this in June so I'm glad I got a chance yesterday. Dark chocolate, mocha and vanilla on the nose. Raspberry and blackberry, with a touch of cassis and chocolate on the palate. Tannins are velvetly and it finishes beautifully. Still needs to sit a while to really get "there", but it shows promise. 89-91.

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