Saturday, December 31, 2016

Okanagan trip continues at Quinta Ferreira

As always, we are warmly greeted by staff as we enter the quaint tasting room. They have an impressively large portfolio, so let's get right to it.

Quinta Ferreira 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay ($20.00)

This unctuous wine features a nose of apple and citrus. Red apple and lemon come through on the palate. 87.

Quinta Ferreira 2014 Sauvignon Blanc ($20.00)

Pleasing aromas of peach and white flowers. Red apple mingles with herbaceous notes on the palate. Very nice. 89.

Quinta Ferreira 2014 Riesling ($20.00)

Orchard fruits with just a touch of developing petrol notes on the nose. Kiwi and citrus on the agreeable palate. Has aging potential. 88.

Quinta Ferreira 2014 Oaked Chardonnay ($20.00)

Beautiful aromas of fresh, hot, buttered toast as well as some orchard fruit and apple. Toasted marshmallow, apple, hazelnut and coconut on the palate with a pleasing long finish. A real steal at this price and this would be a terrific "everyday" Chardonnay. 91.

Quinta Ferreira 2011 Syrah ($30.00)

Intense, almost brooding aromas of black fruit, violets and black pepper. Hazelnut, vanilla and coffee flavors. Lots of legs on this one. 90.

Quinta Ferreira 2012 Merlot ($25.00)

Beautiful nose of cinnamon, smoke, vanilla and allspice. Black cherry, vanilla, dark chocolate and plum flavors. Really nice with some aging potential as well. 91.

Quinta Ferreira 2010 Alagria ($30.00)

20% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, 20% Cab Sauv, 25% Malbec, 10% Petite Verdot, 10% Zin

Unusual blend of the Bordeaux varietals with some Zinfandel thrown in for good measure. The Zin brings along some notes of blackberry jam to join in aromas of vanilla and black cherry. Dark fruits and coffee on the palate, with hints of spice. 90.

Quinta Ferreira 2012 Cabernet Franc ($30.00)

Blackberry, black cherry, cedar and sweet vanilla notes on the nose. Intoxicating. Flavors are complex and include cedar, vanilla, chocolate and hard Xmas candy on the finish. A stunner. 92.

Quinta Ferreira 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ($30.00)

Lots of dark berries, chocolate and plum on the nose. Black cherry dominate the palate, with raspberry, black currant and vanilla showing up as well. Nice. 91.

Quinta Ferreira 2012 Malbec ($35.00)

Black cherry and strong blueberry aromas. Less jammy than Malbec tends to be, with flavors of blueberry and raspberry. 89.

Quinta Ferreira 2010 Obra-Prima ($35.00)

30% Merlot, 23% Cab Franc, 30% Cab Sauv, 15% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot

Sweet aromas of green pepper and black cherry. Dark chocolate, black cherry, cedar, vanilla and hard Xmas candy on the palate. Finishes long and lovely. Serious potential to improve with aging. 91-93.

Quinta Ferreira 2012 Porta D'Ouro ($25.00)

Aromas of dark berries, cinnamon and blackberry give way to sweet red cherries which dominate the palate in this pleasant port-style wine. 88.

As always, an excellent tasting with several standouts. We left with quite a few reds and multiple bottles of that delicious Chardonnay. Highly recommended.

Next up: Our second visit to Maverick Estate Winery, as the last Okanagan trip of 2016 starts to wind down.

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