Saturday, June 3, 2017

Okanagan Trip report, we hit a dozen wineries and finish up at Mt. Boucherie!

After our incredible weekend at the Nest we are headed home, but not before one more morning stop to taste a wine or two....or thirteen.

Almost the polar opposite of Ruby Blues....these guys make a ton of different varietals. Let's get to it!

Mt. Boucherie 2014 Ehrenfelser ($17.00)

Fragrant orange rind and wet stone aromas. Lots of tropical fruit but at 14.1% alcohol it seems a little hot somehow. 86.

Mt. Boucherie 2015 Gewurztraminer ($18.00)

Intense notes of lychee, rose water and pears on the nose. Pear and sweet ginger on the palate. Lovely. 88.

Mt. Boucherie 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay ($17.00)

Aromas of pineapple and green apple. Flavors of pear, tropical fruit and honey. Finishes long. If you are a fan of this style of Chardonnay, this is a good one at a reasonable price. 87.

Mt. Boucherie 2015 Pinot Gris ($17.00)

Aromas of melon and pear. Pleasing flavors of pear, cantaloupe and honeysuckle. 87.

Mt. Boucherie 2013 Riesling ($18.00)

Apricot, peach and ginger notes on the nose. Pineapple and ginger flavors. Slightly off-dry with a nice finish. 88,

Mt. Boucherie 2012 Semillon ($16.00)

Aromas of honeysuckle, tangerine, orange rind and elderflower. The unusual flavors of elderflower stick around, with apricot and honeycomb in there as well. 88.

Mt. Boucherie 2013 Reserve Chardonnay ($30.00)

Intoxicating aromas of buttered toast, vanilla, caramel and hazelnut. Intense flavors of butterscotch, tropical fruit and hazelnut. Finishes long. Really nice. 90.

Mt. Boucherie 2015 Rosé ($19.00)

Made from 100% Zweigelt.

Aromas of watermelon and strawberry. Red berries on the palate, joined by flavors of rhubarb, watermelon and a touch of spice on the finish. 88.

Mt. Boucherie 2013 Zweigelt ($17.00)

Aromas of cranberry, smoke and earth. Black plum, raspberry and smoky flavors. Finishes with a lot of smokiness. 88.

Mt. Boucherie 2014 Pinot Noir ($21.00)

Red cherries and red berries mingle with an earthy touch on the nose and the palate. Some herbaceous notes as well, with bitter cherry and vanilla. 87.

Mt. Boucherie 2013 Merlot ($22.00)

Aromas of dark plum, blackberry and lavender. Floral notes dominate the palate, in addition to some vanilla and red fruit. 87.

Mt. Boucherie 2014 Winemaker's Reserve Syrah ($35.00)

Beautiful aromas of black cherry, black pepper, mushroom and licorice. Tannins are chewy, suggesting this needs more time, and it finishes quite short. Black pepper and mushrooms are present. There is potential here. 89-91.

Mt. Boucherie 2012 Meritage ($35.00)

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc

A lot going on in this bottle. Smoke, oak, mint, cigar box and black cherry on the nose. Beautiful complex flavors of cherry, tobacco, plum and vanilla. Tannins are smooth and finish is impressive. About to enjoy a bottle of this while I finish typing up this review! 91.

So there we have it, the end of another wonderful experience in the Okanagan, and we finish it off with a winery that has a little something for everyone. Since we were there last, they've bottled a new $90 red blend called "Contessa". That wasn't available for tasting, which is a mistake. If you are going to ask patrons to spend $90 on a wine with no history behind it, you better let 'em taste it first.

Next up: Now that the trip is over, I will report on our epic Australia wine and food theme dinner. You don't want to miss that one, mate!

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