Might as well start this catch-up entry with what I'm drinking right now:
Church & State 2013 Coyote Bowl Chardonnay ($27.00)
Aromas of pear, slate, apple and lemon zest. Intense, rich buttery notes on the palate, with a luscious creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with beautiful hints of butterscotch and caramel. Tough to get much better than this at this price point. 91.
Church & State 2014 Lost Inhibitions White ($20.00)
The wine with the attitudinal labels delivers in the bottle as well. Nectarine, peach and white flowers on the nose. Apricots and peaches deliver on the palate with some acidic citrus as well. 87.
Culmina 2014 Unicus ($38.00)
The Okanagan's first Gruner Veltliner. Fresh and lively with aromas of apricot, peach and citrus. Full-bodied with a powerful mid-palate. Grapefruit, herbs, citrus and a touch of pepper on the palate. Long and dry finish. Very special. 91.
Foxtrot 2010 Chardonnay ($50.00)
Came across this one in a private liquor store and snapped it up. Always wanted to try this wine and finding one that was already 5 years old was a nice bonus. It was well worth the money. Citrus, apple and just a touch of grassy notes on the nose. Really rich and buttery without being overpowering. A winner. 92.
Gray Monk 2014 Kerner ($17.00)
One of our favorite off-dry whites, this vintage is lovely as usual. Lemony, buttery, with notes of pears, peaches and a touch of spice. Serve well-chilled (almost fully fridge-cold) and drink it by itself or with any spicy cuisine. 88.
Quails' Gate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($26.99)
Aromas of blackberry, cassis and a touch of spice. Berries come through on the palate with an impressive, long finish. This was a very hot year in the Okanagan and this Cab Sauv really benefited from that. 92.
Quails' Gate 2014 Rose ($15.69)
80% Gamay Noir. Very dry with aromas of strawberry, vanilla and black pepper. Strawberry carries through on the palate with a hint of watermelon joining in. If you like very dry, you'll enjoy this one. 86.
Ogier - 2014 Cotes du Rhone Heritages Blanc ($15.59)
White Grenache 30% Clairette 20% Bourbalenc 20% Viognier 10% Roussanne 10% Marsanne 10%
Pear, flowers, almonds and honey on the nose. Fresh and long finish with a slight tinge of mint on the palate. For the price, something interesting to try. 87.
St. Urbans HOF - 2011 Kabinett Riesling ($34.99)
Aromas of pineapple, peach, apple and spice playfully mingle with a touch of minerality and petrol. Off-dry and gorgeous, this one would improve in your cellar for another decade. 92.
Cassini Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc ($39.99)
Prepare to get punched right in the face by fruit. Cassis, blackberry, raspberry, cedar and vanilla. Lingering notes of mocha and blackberry dominate the palate. A top-notch example of what this varietal can achieve in BC. 92.
That's all for tonight's update, expect lots more as Xmas approaches (rumour has it there is a fair amount of wine under the Xmas tree!!)
Hope everyone is having a great Holiday season and I wish all of you peace, love and a lot of great wine over the Xmas and New Year's seasons.