I've noticed that my notebook is getting very overcrowded, so I'll try to take care of that over the next week or so. With the Vancouver International Wine Festival only a week away, I need to get caught up! Let's get right to it, in no particular order.
Quails' Gate 2012 Old Vines Foch ($22.00)
Dark, brooding aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cedar and a hint of smoke. Herbaceous flavors, as well as some cedar, black plum, charcuterie and toasty oak. Rich mouthfeel. 89.
Quails' Gate 2011 Merlot ($22.00)
Aromas of coffee, dark berries and black cherry. Red cherry dominates the palate, with a touch of chocolate. Smooth, round and straightforward. 88
Church & State 2009 Chardonnay ($45.00)
Beautiful notes of marshmallow, graham....almost like S'Mores in a bottle. That's an apt description for the palate as well, with a hint of caramel on the finish. 89.
Church & State 2007 Syrah ($45.00)
Funkier than Rick James. Funky funky funky...but not in a bad way. Forest floor and intense mushroom aromas. The palate features lots of black fruit, cigar box, and graphite. Very unusual and very nice. 90.
Church & State 2014 Coyote Bowl Viognier ($20.000
Beautiful aromas and flavors of peach, apricot and pear. Well balanced acidity and a lovely finish. 89.
Stag's Leap 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99)
Intriguing nose of plum, blackberry, mint, mushroom and a touch of black pepper. Rich mouth feel and lovely finish, with flavors of black fruit and just a hint of pepper. Drinking well now but another few years in the cellar would only enhance the pleasure. A good example of what a good producer can do even in a less-than-stellar vintage. 91.
Joseph Phelps 2014 Viognier ($30.00)
Beautiful aromas of white flowers, orchard fruit, honey and pear. Apricot, peach and pear flavors. Nicely balanced and a beautiful finish. 90.
Joseph Phelps 2013 Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Syrah ($60.00)
Dark purple in colour, toasty oak, cassis, coffee and tobacco notes. Complex flavors of plum, blackberry, mocha and graphite. Long finish. Lovely. 92.
Cedarcreek 2013 Cabernet Merlot ($17.99)
18% Cab. Franc
16% Cab. Sauv.
Aromas of blackberry, mint and herbs. Plums, cocoa and blackberry on the palate. A real nice wine at this price. 88.
As part of Tracey's Xmas wine, I bought four bottles from a winery we were not familiar with, except that they are a well-regarding winery from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. We put a couple bottles away for a while and have opened up the two 'cheaper' bottles already. So far, I must consider them a MAJOR disappointment.
Evening Land 2014 Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir ($45 USD from the winery)
Light nose of blueberry with a touch of mint. The palate features some sour cherry and a hint of spice. The flavors just never really developed into anything, despite decanting and lots of time in the glass. 86.
Evening Land 2014 Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay ($45 USD from winery)
Light notes of hazelnut, butterscotch and toasty oak. Caramel notes on the palate with a bit of minerality. Well balanced acidity. Perfectly decent, but not spectacular. 88.