March 28, 2009 08:19:24
Posted By Wine With Karl
It’s early Saturday morning. I spent almost 6 hrs tasting red wine yesterday at the Festival. There were many nice reds being poured in the BC area of the tasting room. The BC reds I tried:
– Averill Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 (nice violet nose)
– Black Hills Estate Winery Carmenere 2006 (the signature grape of Chile growing here and doing a nice job)
– Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Merlot. Excellent, sweet black fruit and fine tannins
– Cedar Creek Estate Winery Merlot Cabernet 2006 and Syrah 2006. Both big full bodied wines.
– Garry Oaks Zeta 2006 (Marcel mentioned this is the first planting of Zwiegelt in BC)
– Cabernet Franc 2007 and The Bear 2006. Bordeaux blends
– Hillside Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2006
– Kettle Valley Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2005, Malbec 2005, and Old Main Red 2005. All had an barnyard aroma to them.
– La Frenz Merlot 2006 and Shiraz 2006. I put a star beside the Shiraz beside this one in my notes. Good balance, meaty./vanilla/dark fruit.
– Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Summit Reserve Pinot Noir 2006, S.R. Merlot 2005, and S.R. Summit (a Bordeaux blend). Mt. Boucherie always produces nice wines.
– Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery King’s Ransom 2006. Big red but needs 2-3 years for the tannins to soften
– Osoyoos Larose Les Petales 2005, Le Grand Vin 2004, and Le Grand Vin 2006. The wine maker told me that the vines keep getting better each year and I agree. I loved the Le Grand Vin 2006 (star).
I’ll do a separate blog entry for the international reds I tasted on Friday. Enjoy!