Another winery that pops up on your way out of Kelowna, this was our first visit here as well. Unlike Ciao Bella, however, we were fairly familiar with Kalala's wines, having tasted them at various tastings at our local VQA Store. Let's see how the new stuff stacked up. Prices below DO include taxes (from the website).
Kalala 2015 Pinot Gris ($20.00)
Notes of orchard fruit and tangerine on the nose. Red apple, pear, and a slight touch of spice on the finish. 86.
Kalala 2015 Harmony White ($17.00)
Pinot Gris 45%, Gewürztraminer 30%, Riesling 15% and Auxerrois 10%
Very light notes of tropical fruit on the nose. Flavors of grapefruit and papaya, with a touch of minerality showing up at the end. 86.
Kalala 2014 Pinot Noir ($25.00)
Complex nose of vanilla, red cherry, red licorice, mushroom and earth. Bright, juicy red cherry and red raspberry on the palate, joined by dark chocolate notes on the finish. 87.
Kalala 2013 Aspire ($25.00)
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Black cherry, blueberry and clove aromas. Those follow through to the palate, and are joined by notes of black plum. 87.
Dostana 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ($45.00)
We have tasted and enjoyed their Dostana Merlot before, but this is the first time we've ever come across the Cab Sauv. From 40 year old vines, aged 2.5 years in American oak. Aromas of mint, black cherry and black plum give way to blackberry, earth and black cherry flavors. Even at 5 years old already, the tannins are gripping. Finishes long. Pair with a big piece of red meat, and if you can lay it down for another few years, you will be rewarded. A nice effort. 89.
Next up: For no particular reason, I'm going to go back to where this trip actually started, in Summerland, at our very first visit to Heaven's Gate Winery! Quite a story to tell at this one....stay tuned!