On the recommendation from Heaven's Gate, down to 8th Generation where we had not been in many years. We were pretty unimpressed with most of their wines on our last visit, but they've had lots of time to improve, and so have we! Let's see how things turned out this time.
Beautiful new tasting room (not that new, open for a couple years but new to us).
8th Generation 2016 Chardonnay Barrique ($20.00)
Lots of stone fruit, apple and melon on the nose. Beautiful, round palate with notes of toasty oak, nectarine, hazelnut and a hint of butterscotch. Not a huge buttery Chardonnay but really beautiful and a great deal. 89.
8th Generation 2016 Riesling Classic ($19.50)
Intense notes of lemon, green apple and minerality on the nose. Apples dominate the palate, both red and green. Strong backbone of minerality. Would be a beautiful food wine and should improve with further aging. 89.
8th Generation 2015 Riesling Selection ($25.50)
Red apple, melon, lemon and minerality on the nose. Creamy mouthfeel, tons of minerality and a long finish. Open this one well before serving it, aerate and decant it, or lay it down for a few more years. Lots of potential. 89-91.
8th Generation 2016 Riesling ($19.50)
Beautiful nose of tropical fruit, particularly pineapple and passion fruit. Pear, guava, pineapple and stone fruit on the juicy palate. Slightly off-dry and delicious. 90.
8th Generation 2016 Integrity ($21.00)
50% Chardonnay / 25% Pinot Gris / 25% Kerner
Citrus, yeast, apricot and pear on the nose. Citrus, green apple, pineapple and just a touch of honey on the palate. Light bubbles, more of a Prosecco-style than traditional Sparkling. 88.
8th Generation 2015 Cab-Merlot ($22.00)
70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Beautiful aromas of vanilla, blackberry, mint, smoke, black pepper and plum. Complex flavors include black cherry, vanilla, bell pepper, black plum, with touches of cassis and cocoa. Very nice and will improve with another 2-3 years of careful cellaring. 89-91.
Thoroughly enjoyed our experience here and we will be back on our next visit to Summerland. Highly recommended, particularly if you are a fan of BC Riesling!
Next up in the Okanagan trip, we are into Penticton for a full portfolio tasting at La Frenz!
And at some point, I still plan to get all my thoughts together on Monday's huge announcement. Still to come!
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