Sunday, June 25, 2017

Okanagan Trip continues at a newbie (to us), CC Jentsch Cellars!

I had the opportunity to taste a couple wines from these guys at the Vancouver International Wine Festival back in February, but my wife (who had tapped out by that point in the evening) had never tasted anything from them. They came well-recommended, so we had intended to make sure we didn't miss them this trip. We were not disappointed.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2016 The Quest ($17.90)

74% Chardonnay, 20% Viognier, and 6% Gewurztraminer

 Aromas of citrus, stone fruit and rose petals. Orchard fruit and a hint of lychee on the palate that finishes long with notes of lime zest. 88.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2015 Viognier ($22.90)

Pretty floral notes on the nose, with some intense peach and nectarine as well. Palate is crisp, dry and zippy; flavors of peach and apple most prevelant. A nice bargain for the price. Try it with something like charred halibut with a grilled peach salsa. Yum. 89.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay ($35.90)

Intoxicating aromas of a toasty, buttered croissant. Creamy mouthfeel, with notes of citrus, hazelnut, pear and stone fruit. Really nice. 90.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2016 Blanc de Noir Rosé ($22.90)

It's not often we go to taste at a winery and really enjoy their entire portfolio, EXCEPT for one wine, but that was the case here. Very light aromas of strawberry, watermelon and rhubarb. The palate was so light it was almost non-existent, flabby and lifeless. Given the quality of the rest of the portfolio (and given how great so many rosés are these days), this was a surprise. 83.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2014 Syrah ($31.90)

Blackberry, violets and black pepper on the nose. Lots of complexities on the palate, with floral notes mingling with black fruit and white pepper. Really nice. 91.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2014 Small Lots Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.90)

Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, mint, baking spice, cedar and cherry. The palate is dominated by black fruit with just a lightly perceptible addition of tobacco and red cherry. This is a big, bold, beast of a wine that is already delicious. If you can't wait, decant for a couple of hours. Looking forward to pulling ours out in a few years and pairing it with a beautiful Filet Mignon with a Cocoa rub. 92.

So there you have it, a (mostly) fantastic bunch of wines, and many of them came home with us. Definitely recommend trying it out when you are in the area.

Next up: down the street to a perennial favorite, but one that we haven't visited in a couple of years, Cassini Cellars!

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