Saturday, October 14, 2017

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, Keep those Wagons Rolling, and keep the Wine a-Pourin'.....Rollingdale!!!!

The 17th entry in this Okanagan trip is the penultimate one, as we re-visit a winery we thought was just OK last time. Things have changed very much.

First, they have added some extra tasting bars in the tasting room (which doubles as their barrel room), alleviating the previous problem of feeling cramped while tasting. Secondly, the wines have improved quite a bit, and they had a lot more to taste.

Prices are pre-tax.

Rollingdale 2016 Estate Organic Pinot Blanc ($24.26)

Aromas of pear and tropical fruit, leading to pleasing flavors of citrus and pear. One of my favorite of this varietal. Very nice. 90.

Rollingdale 2016 Estate Organic Pinot Gris ($21.65)

Orchard fruit mingles with strong aromas of anise and pear. Pear flavors are dominating, in your face. Not for the faint of heart, but very tasty especially if you enjoy pear. 89.

Rollingdale 2015 Pinot Gris ($15.56)

10% Semillon

With 22g of residual sugar, this is sweeter than the above but certainly not "sweet". Pear and honeysuckle aromas. Pear, peach cobbler and toffee on the palate, which actually finishes a touch tart. 86. 

Rollingdale 2014 Paint the Town ($17.30)

A bizarre blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Marechal Foch, with strong violet notes on the nose, followed closely by raspberry and cherry. Tannins are soft and supple and this is ready to go, take these blackberry flavors, give it a chill, pair with some light pasta and go. 87.

Rollingdale 2014 8 Barrels Merlot ($39.91)

Aged 26 months in new French Oak barriques, this is so-named because it was their favorite 8 barrels. Violets, cigar box, forest floor and smoke on the nose. Earthy, chewy, funky with forest floor and a dark chocolate finish. Very tasty. 90.

Rollingdale 2015 Organic Estate Merlot ($44.99)

Complex nose that brings you vanilla, violets, blueberry, blackberry and cherry. Berries are dominate on the palate, but look hard enough and you'll get some dark chocolate and vanilla on the finish. Tannins are firm and this one needs some more time to grow, but it's going to be delicious. 91-93.

Rollingdale 2015 Organic Estate Marechal Foch ($24.26)

Really intense floral notes leap from the glass, closely followed by intense notes of blueberry. It runs a bit hot at 14.5% alcohol but tannins are almost non-existent, so if this is your thing, pair it with a big, rich pasta or even something spicy. 86.

Rollingdale 2016 Fort ($52.09)

Big, bold Port-style wine made from Marechal Foch. The nose starts off almost strictly alcohol, but that dissipates quickly. The rich alcohol continues on the palate but let it sit for a second and some tasty flavors of black cherry and toffee show up. Perfect for a nice by the fire. 89.

Rollingdale 2013 Merlot Icewine ($43.39)

The nose is almost as strong as the above, featuring decadent aromas of raisin, strawberry, toffee and caramel. Toffee, plum and caramel flavors. Probably my all-time favorite Merlot icewine. Delicious. 94.

Rollingdale 2013 Organic Pinot Gris Icewine ($43.39)

Red apple, pineapple, honeysuckle and lemon-lime on the nose. Creamy flavors of honey, pineapple and butterscotch. Very nice. 93.

Rollingdale 2013 Organic Chardonnay Icewine ($60.78)

Aromas of pineapple and honey, flavors of grapefruit, honey and lemon meringue pie. Creamy and beautiful. 93.

Excellent experience here, and we will definitely return!

Next up: The final report of this Okanagan trip, our first visit to another fairly new winery, Beaumont Family Winery!

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