Thursday, August 30, 2018

Okanagan Trip, Part XVI, and we are up the Hester Creek without a Trebbiano!!!

.....kidding, of course, because what would Hester Creek be without Trebbiano???

For a refresher on the Trebbiano, go check out my Tasting Notes from February's VIWF. It is delicious. My three compadres got to taste it for the first time and all enjoyed it. We bought mucho bottles of this.

And, of course, they do have some other wine as well.....let's check that out.

Hester Creek 2017 Pinot Gris ($18.95)
Aromas of pear, flint and honeydew melon. Pear is all over the palate, joined late by some stone fruit and zippy acidity. We have noticed an increase in quality in BC Pinot Gris recently, and this one is no exception.

Hester Creek 2017 Pinot Blanc ($17.95)
Inviting nose of green apple, citrus and impressive minerality. Citrus and stone fruits dominate the palate. Medium finish.

Hester Creek 2016 Chardonnay ($24.95)
Fruit bomb on the nose, with lemon zest and a hint of caramel. Citrus flavors, with a touch of toasty oak and butterscotch.

Hester Creek 2017 Cabernet Franc Rosé ($19.95)
Aromas of strawberry, tomato leaf and cranberry. Vanilla bean, black cherry, strawberry, rhubarb and cranberry on the palate. Just a hint of a peppery finish. Tasty, especially for any of you who love cranberry!

Hester Creek 2016 Selected Barrels Merlot ($19.95) 
Aromas of plum, black cherry and caramel with herbaceous notes. Black cherry, vanilla, mocha and baking spices on the palate. Rich and round and a nice bargain.

Hester Creek 2016 Selected Barrels Cabernet Merlot ($19.95)
58% Cabernet (Franc and Sauvignon) 42% Merlot

Violets, blackberry, black cherry and fresh dill on the nose. Blackberry dominates the palate, but look closely and you'll catch some cassis, plum and mint as well. This one is almost begging to be opened up on the patio during a late-summer BBQ.

Hester Creek 2016 Late Harvest Pinot Blanc ($18.95)
Aromas of honeysuckle, pear, red apple and stone fruit. Flavors include peach, banana, pear and citrus. Yeah, it's tasty but not sweet enough for my personal tastes.

There is a consistancy of quality here which is refreshing (look at the scores!). You know what you are going to get here, year in and year out. And if you check out the link I left above with my review of the Trebbiano, you will notice another higher score for their big Bordeaux blend, The Judge (which was not open for tasting during this visit).

Next up: A very short visit to Moon Curser! Just a few more reports before this particular Okanagan trip is finally put to bed.

AND.......some big changes coming to this blog in the near future, hopefully. No details yet... that's what we in the biz call "a teaser". :)

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