Holding Court at Church and State Wines

It has been long overdue.  A trip to Vancouver Island, and to visit some Island wineries.  I have enjoyed wines from Church & State for the past few years, but have never been to their winery in the Brentwood Bay area of Vancouver Island. They also have a winery in the Oliver area.  At Brentwood Bay they grow the wine grapes to produce their sparkling wines and some white wines, while the red wines and some white wines are produced at the Oliver area winery.

I’ve written about their Chardonnay in the past and was lucky to try a sample at this tasting as well. Their Chardonnay 2008 has won Double Gold at both the San Francisco International Wine Festival 2010 and the All Canadian Wine Championships 2010, and a Silver at the Challenge International de Vin in France. This wine comes from 2 vineyards in Oliver. It is medium lemon in colour.  Nice nutmeg and lemon aromas.  Round mouth feel with medium body and softness on the palate.  Low acidity.  Very elegant.

The Pinot Gris 2009 comes from Estate grapes at Brentwood Bay. Pale lemon in colour.  Oak, lemon and peach on the nose. Peachy, sweet spice and almond flavours. Medium length. Nice.

Their Pinot Noir 2007 – Hollenbach comes from Skaha Lake grapes in the Okanagan. This is another Gold medal winner from the Canadian Wine awards 2009 and the Okanagan Fall Festival 2010, and several other awards. Light raspberry and tarry aromas. Light body with tea leaves, strawberries and cinnamon flavours.  Soft in the mouth with a dry long finish. Very nice.

The Merlot 2009 is medium garnet in colour. Light cherry, oak, and spicy aromas. Medium body with lots of plummy and black cherry flavours.  A bit of flowers and spice on the finish. Medium acidity and tannins.

The Meritage 2006 is a blend of three Bordeaux varietals – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Deeper garnet in colour.  A very wild nose!  Animal and overripe black fruit. Meaty, animal and black cherry flavours with medium tannins.  A very masculine wine.  Have a big slab of roast beef with this wine.

Their Quintessential 2007 Bordeaux blend is coming out this week.  Drop by their Brentwood Bay winery for a taste for Mothers Day, or check your local wine shop for the arrival of this wine.  It has wine a Gold medal at the Challenge International de Vin in France.  Enjoy!

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