From the winery that put Okanagan Cab Franc on the map. Up-front bright red berry and tobacco notes, followed by a supple palate of black cherry and raspberry with a spicy edge wrapped in juicy acidity and a lingering, gently herbal finish.
A beautifully balanced wine with a bouquet of cut grass, orange blossom and a thread of minerality. Medium-bodied, dry, round on the palate with flavours of gooseberries and passion fruit.
This is a 100% Riesling, which is off-dry (29g/l). There is brisk acidity and profile of lime, petrol, honey, mineral and grapefruit. It requires something spicy so that the sweetness can tame the fire. Try with Thai coconut curry or sushi with a heavy dose of soy sauce and wasabi.
Rodney Strong was the first to plant Chardonnay in Sonoma's Chalk Hills in 1965, an area that became its own AVA in 1983. The volcanic, chalky, white ash soils, unique to the area, can be seen in the stream of fine minerality throughout this fuller white. I'd love to see less wood here, so the site and soils really rings. As stands now, barrel ferment (partial new) and wood toast leads the creamy palate, with the yellow apple, pear, nougat and lemon curd finishing this off with a trailing spiciness. Less is more, please.
This is the new white companion to the Root: 1 Carménère. Starts off with lime, grapefruit and nectarine qualities and then shifts into more herbal and mineral elements. Lightweight, crisp and dry. Perfect for the summer months of patio sipping.
Made in conjunction with consultants Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie and named for the king of all gods, this line of wines is always great value for price on our market. The Côtes-du-Rhône is a blend of old-vine Grenache with 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre from a high-altitude vineyard near Roaix (northern point of the Southern Rhône). Grapes are de-stemmed but not crushed, and spend 1 year in concrete before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Dusky blue florals, plum, dried rosemary are softly drawn across grippy, gritty tannins to a drying finish that lingers with violets. Textural and lightly touched (the concrete is impressive here). Authentic, honest and ready to drink with bistro fare.
Light ruby. Refined nose of red berries, liquorice, sophisticated oak. Silky on the palate, there is purity in the fruity flavour, the soft and delicate tannins are a tad bitter in the tight finish. Time will remove the bitterness.