Sunday, May 29, 2016

Okanagan Trip continues; The Fool on the Hill (side)

The titular phrase of this blog put me in mind of just how amazing the Beatles really are. The Fool on the Hill is one of their underrated masterpieces.

In 2014, during the Grammy special "The Night that Changed America", The Eurythmics reunited to sing the song in tribute. It is, IMO, the greatest Beatles cover of all time. It might even be better than the original and I don't say that lightly. For those of you who didn't see it, I highly recommend taking a couple of minutes before we get to the wine to check it out.

The Beatles. I mean, if you were to take on the impossible task of creating a list of the 100 best songs of all time, how many would be from them? 20? 25? It's inconceivable to think that perhaps 1/4 of the greatest songs ever written could come from the same band. Unreal.

OK so on to the wine. Hillside winery, another one of those wineries that features a very well-regarding bistro. We weren't eating here today but next time we will check it out.

Tasting fee of $5, waived with purchase.

Hillside 2013 Reserve Viognier ($20.86)

Aromas of honeysuckle and white flowers with a touch of spice. Citrus and honeysuckle dominate the palate. 86.

Hillside 2014 Gewurztraminer ($19.12)

Red grapefruit and passion fruit on the nose and palate. Ginger, kiwi and tropical fruit notes join in on the finish. 87.

Hillside 2011 Pinot Noir ($21.73)

Aromas and flavors of raspberry, strawberry and a touch of pepper. Silky smooth mouthfeel. 87.

Hillside 2010 Cabernet Franc ($21.73)

Cranberries, violets and a touch of tobacco on the nose. Black cherry and floral flavors envelope the palate. Light-medium bodied and quite tasty. 89.

Hillside 2011 Mosaic ($34.97)

66% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot

Aromas of cocoa, mint and blackberry alert the palate to what is to come. Black fruits with a hint of vanilla, earth and herbs. 89.

Hillside 2015 Rose ($19.12)

Pleasant aromas of strawberry, raspberry and cherry. Red cherries and strawberry mingle around during the long pleasing finish. 89.

Hillside 2014 Gamay Noir Icewine ($56.51)

Intense and beautiful nose of wild strawberries. The palate continues with strawberry and peach jam. If you like sweet dessert wine, you will certainly enjoy this one. 91.

Lots of good wine here and we left with a Cab Franc and a Rose. Looking forward to eating at the Bistro on a future trip.

Next up: Another winery I wasn't too familiar with (notice a pattern??); Ruby Blues!!

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