I will admit, I LOVE visiting this winery. First of all, their wines are uniformly good. Secondly, there is just something about the architecture of the tasting room that makes me feel comforted when I arrive. I've never been able to put my finger on what it is, but there is just something about it......
But I digress. Let's get to the wines!
Cassini Cellars 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay ($20.00)
Fruit forward notes of pear and lemon zest on the nose. Pear and apple flavors and a creamy mouthfeel. A real example of how good Chardonnay can be, even if unoaked Chard is not our favorite style. 88.
Cassini Cellars 2013 Chardonnay Reserve ($29.00)
This one sees French and American oak for 10 months. Aromas of peach, red apple and tropical fruit. Light oaky notes on the palate, with apple and pear as well. 88.
Cassini Cellars 2013 Roussanne/Marsanne ($25.00)
It's not unusual to see these two grapes blended together, however it IS unusual to see them blended without the addition of Viognier. Notes of tropical fruit and honey on the nose, with intense, creamy flavors of honeysuckle, vanilla and orange zest. A real treat, we took a few of these with us. 91.
Cassini Cellars 2013 Mamma Mia! ($20.00)
Pinot Gris, Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat Orange
Aromas of peach, apricot and tropical fruit. The palate is similar with stone fruit and pineapple mixing together. Very tasty and slightly off-dry. 89.
Cassini Cellars 2014 Red Carpet Pinot Noir ($24.00)
Aromas of vanilla, red cherry and cassis. Red berries dominate the palate, with a hint of mocha toffee on the finish. 89.
Cassini Cellars 2013 Cabernet Merlot ($24.00)
Beautiful black cherry, black licorice and spice on the nose. Black cherry, clove, vanilla, dark chocolate and a touch of tobacco on the palate. Looking forward to trying this with a big hunk of red meat, it should be a delicious pairing. 90.
Cassini Cellars 2012 Quattro ($24.00)
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah
Tons of black fruit right up front on the nose, following by lavender and vanilla. Dark chocolate, blackberry and spice on the palate. Tannins are powerful, this is one to put away in your cellar for a few years to allow it to reach it's potential. 90-92.
Cassini Cellars 2013 Syrah ($29.00)
Aromas of black pepper, licorice and violets. Blackberry, toffee, white pepper and vanilla on the palate. Juicy and delicious. 90.
Cassini Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc ($36.00)
Intoxicating notes of cedar, black pepper, vanilla, raspberry and cassis. Red fruits on the palate which also features some blackberry and mocha. Always one of the top examples of this varietal in the Okanagan, and a great deal at the price. 92.
Cassini Cellars 2013 Nobilus ($40.00)
Now we are getting into rarefied air. Sweet cassis, raspberry, spice and cedar notes waft out of the glass. Tannins and smooth and silky, it's already approachable, but will undoubtedly reward careful cellaring. Flavors of blackberry, cocoa, oak and vanilla. Superb. 94.
Cassini Cellars 2013 The Aristocrat ($40.00)
They should change the name of this from "Aristocrat" to "Beast". Huge aromas of chocolate, eucalyptus, plum, cassis, strawberry and black fruit. The palate is complex and simple at the same time, with dark chocolate, blackberry and plum flavors dominating. So good, and another one that will really pay off handsomely if you can wait for it. 93.
After buying wayyyy too many bottles here (seriously, we have a TINY car, we are actually going to have to go out and buy an SUV so that we can find a way to buy all the wine we want to on these Okanagan trips!!!), we were off to another special tasting, and that will be up next. Burrowing Owl!
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