Sunday, January 17, 2016

Staff picks tasting at my usual haunt

Sardis Park VQA held a tasting of "staff picks" yesterday; a bunch of random wines that were selected by various staff members. Let's see if the staff has any taste.........

Mission Hill 2013 Reserve Chardonnay ($21.73)

Aged 10 months in 25% new American oak. Aromas of coconut, hazelnut and a touch of butter. Orchard fruits, coconut and a smidgen of orange and butterscotch round out the palate. Well balanced acidity. 88.

The Hatch 2014 Talking Stories White ($16.51)

A pleasant surprise, as our favorite new winery of 2015 has made a couple wines that conform to VQA rules. An unknown blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois. The nose is greeted by citrus and white flowers. The fruit carries through to the palate with  balanced acidity and a crisp finish. 88.

Hillside 2014 Rose ($19.43)

Red cherries, strawberries, and cranberries on the nose and the palate. Juicy and inviting with a long, luscious finish. Quite impressive. 90.

Dirty Laundry 2013 Pinot Noir ($23.47)

Strong aromas of cherries and vanilla. The vanilla carries through to the palate, joined by red berries and a touch of tobacco. 88.

Orofino 2013 Scout Syrah ($28.69)

Dark purple in colour. Aromas of black cherry, plum and a touch of white pepper. Black cherry and pepper stick around on the palate, with earthy undertones. Finishes long. 89.

So I guess it's safe to say the staff has very good taste! Not a bad wine amongst them.

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