We've often felt this was one of those real underrated wineries, so we try to make sure we stop in every time we are in the area. Always good value.
The clerk in another wine shop warned us, though, that Mt. Boucherie had recently been sold to THE CHINESE! Oh no, the Chinese!?!?! LOL. I always think it's funny when someone says something like that...I mean, did the country of China buy the winery?
Perhaps a person or persons of Chinese descent bought the winery; I can't even confirm that is true. But I'm pretty sure that the entire country of China did not invest in a small winery in the Okanagan Valley. I'm just sayin'.
Anyway, new ownership can sometimes be a bad thing, but it can be a good thing too. Only time will tell. For now, let's review the wines we actually tasted.
One negative thing I must mention, their website is at least a full year out of date. Definitely an upgrade is necessary here.
Oh, and that damn tour bus was right behind us, so when we entered the tasting room, we were shuttled down to the very end of the counter to make room for them. Not overly impressed with that, as the customers who are actually in the shop should take priority over those you know are coming at some point. They didn't arrive until we were halfway through our tasting.
Mt. Boucherie 2014 Pinot Gris ($16.00)
Pleasing aromas of pear and melon give way to notes of pear, citrus and a little bit of honey on the palate. 88.
Mt. Boucherie 2014 Ehrenfelser ($17.00)
Aromas of lemon and pineapple jump from the glass. The palate is dominated by flavors of tropical fruit. Well balanced acidity. 87.
Mt. Boucherie 2012 Semillon ($10.98 - sale price)
Strong herbaceous notes on the nose, notably elderflower. A little bit of lemon shines through as well. The palate enjoys some citrus, apricot and pear flavors. A real bargain, even at the regular price of $15.50. 88.
Mt. Boucherie 2013 Gewurztraminer ($17.00)
Typical Gewurztraminer nose including rose petals and lychee. Fruit flavors are joined with just a touch of spice on the finish. 88.
Mt. Boucherie 2013 Family Reserve Chardonnay ($30.00)
Intense nose of hazelnut and butterscotch. Rich mouthfeel with flavors of butter and toasty oak. A real treat and showing some evidence that further aging with make it even better. 91.
Mt. Boucherie 2013 Pinot Noir ($21.00)
Burgundian in style, with smoky notes of cherry and spice. Light and fruity flavors of cranberry and cherry. Good potential. 88.
Mt. Boucherie 2013 Merlot ($21.00)
Beautiful intense floral notes on the nose, with plum and vanilla joining in for good measure. Black fruits dominate the palate and coat the mouth, with some vanilla on the lovely finish. This is a really good Merlot, and a bargain at this price. 90.
Mt. Boucherie 2012 Family Reserve Summit ($28.00)
Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc
Aromas of vanilla, cassis and mint combine to create an intoxicating olfactory experience. Flavors of black fruit, coffee and plum. Finishes long. Lots of potential here. 91.
Mt. Boucherie 2013 Family Reserve Syrah ($25.00)
I actually wrote "AWESOME NOSE" in my notes. Black pepper, cherry and licorice aromas. A lot of dark fruit and black pepper flavors. If you are a fan of peppery Syrahs, it's tough to imagine you wouldn't love this. 90.
Not a bad wine in the bunch, we left with a bottle of the Semillon, Summit and Merlot. Here's hoping that the new ownership, assuming that is actually true, doesn't screw it up! As always, I highly recommend dropping by Mt. Boucherie when you are in the area.
Next up.......we go up the hill to a winery we rarely visit when we are up here.....drumroll please.....
Mission Hill !