Saturday, June 18, 2016

Okanagan Trip continues and the Hills have turned Black with the blood of everyone who makes lousy wine....

....OK was that a bit morbid?? I stand by it. worries about lousy wine here! Their portfolio is universally excellent and we enjoyed an excellent tasting experience as always.

Black Hills 2014 Alibi ($21.65)

Traditional White Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Pleasing aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit. Flavors of green apple, pineapple and a touch of grapefruit. Lovely long finish. 88.

Black Hills 2014 Viognier ($21.65)

Aromas of white flowers, lime zest and pineapple. Oily and rich mouthfeel with enticing flavors of orchard fruits and slate. Really terrific. 91.

Black Hills 2014 Chardonnay ($26.00)

Intoxicating aromas of hazelnut, tropical fruit, apple and butterscotch. Luscious mouthfeel and a long beautiful finish. Flavors of citrus and red apple with just a smidgen of buttery notes. My favorite vintage of this varietal already and some more time in the bottle will only enrich it's complexity. 92.

Black Hills 2014 Carmenere ($49.50)

Their most limited-production wine, available only to wine club members. Beautiful scents of black pepper and raspberry. The palate gets some pepper too but it seems to turn more to white pepper, joined by some black plum, spice and earth. As with the Chardonnay, my favorite vintage of this varietal. Spectacular. 93.

The other two reds we tasted (2013 Syrah, 2013 Nota Bene) were both reviewed previously here, in October. My opinion has not changed much except to say that the Syrah has improved markedly with the extra time. Both are top-notch wines.

Next up, the Okanagan trip continues at a winery so different than this one; Black Hills features a fairly small portfolio, and next we head to some more Hills, Desert Hills, where we taste a whopping FOURTEEN different wines!

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