Friday, June 15, 2018

Okanagan Trip, Part IV, our second visit to CC Jentsch!

Once again I must apologize for the ridiculously infrequent blog posts; anyone who has done home renos will understand. It seems to take up every "free" second of my time, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We have guys coming on Monday to change our flooring and once that is done, we can pretty much put "Phase A" of the renos to rest. "Phase B" can wait a little while, we need some time to relax and enjoy the renos before doing anything else. And I need time to catch up on about a million blog posts that are taking up space in my head!

Anyway, back to the Okanagan trip from April (and we are just one week away from our next trip up to this area for the annual Nota Bene Release Party), our second visit to CC Jentsch Cellars. Here we go!

CC Jentsch Cellars 2016 The Quest ($17.90)
74% Chardonnay, 20% Viognier, and 6% Gewurztraminer.

The Gewurztraminer really shines on the nose, bringing white flowers and lychee, with a small amount of pear and peach lurking behind. Bright, vibrant acidity accompanied by flavors of grapefruit, pear, stone fruit and lime zest.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2015 Viognier ($22.90)
Brilliant nose of elderflower, melon, honeysuckle and kiwi. The palate shines with almost creamy citrus flavors, joined by stone fruit. Lovely finish. This borders on brilliance.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2016 Cabernet Merlot ($15.90)

Arresting aromas of ripe red strawberries, raspberries, bell pepper and vanilla. Smooth but young and will improve, and for the price this should be your everyday patio sipping red. Lots of red fruit on the palate with hints of vanilla, blackberry and spice. Nice.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2014 The Chase ($19.90)
Cabernet Franc 34%, Merlot 34%, Cabernet Sauvignon 28%, Malbec 2%, Petit Verdot 2%

Another one that really over-delivers for the money. Red raspberry, blackberry, cherry, chocolate and black currant on the nose. Flavors of plum and raspberry dominate, with just a hint of vanilla and spice on the finish. Lovely.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2015 Syrah ($31.90)
Intense notes of toffee, black pepper, clove and dark, dark chocolate on the nose. The black pepper finds your palate in perfect balance. Red cherry and blackberry flavors join the palate party. Velvety tannins and a very long finish. Absolutely delicious.

CC Jentsch Cellars 2015 Small Lots Merlot ($35.90)

Aromas of mocha, red cherry, vanilla and milk chocolate. Smooth tannins and well balanced, flavors include red raspberry, vanilla and coffee. Another winner.

Another lovely experience here, well trained and enthusiastic staff and the wines are universally well made. A must do for any trip through the area.

Next up: Another visit to one of our favorites, Cassini Cellars!!

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