Location: Surrey Southwest, BC
I am not a novice, but also not what I would consider an expert; however, I am probably the closest thing my local group of friends have to a personal sommelier. I am holding my WSET lvl 2 and received a "Pass with Distinction".
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Jul 25, 2010 at 12:35pm
Added Jul 25, 2010 at 12:35pmBig bold and beautiful; I am not a Merlot follower in general, but this wine for me is a class leader. Charles Herrold (winemaker) brought the best of the Merlot out, with excellent big ripe dark fruit without anything that suggests "sweet". Sit down to a good Rib-Eye on the BBQ with good friends, crack a bottle and you will not be disappointed. This is NOT limited to the 2005 vintage.
Jul 25, 2010 at 12:28pm
Added Jul 25, 2010 at 12:28pmAlliance, is not just another Canadian attempt at producing a Bordeaux style wine; this is one of the best I have found thus far and can actually say that it is one of the best Bordeaux style reds I have found coming out of the Pacific Northwest, and Washington State is producing some fine wine in this style. Arguably a Meritage this wine is worth drinking or cellaring. I have followed the development of the wine for few years nows and have met and spoken extensively with Charles Herrold (winemaker) about his continued vision for the product. If you have not had the good fortune to try a bottle, I recommend doing so. Canadian reds are notorious for being over-priced, but this is one that arguably justifies its price based on the wine in the bottle, not just the cost of the land! The 2004 will be very difficult to get your hands on, although some may still have a few bottles around; the follow-up vintages hold the grade!
Jun 9, 2010 at 7:20pm
Added Jun 9, 2010 at 7:18pmI find this pinot to have a deeper richer and fruitier disposition on the palate than most; with a deep black cherry color, not typically seen in a Pinot Noir. Don't get me wrong, this is not moving into zinfandel territory or anything, but it has body. All comments are relative to other Pinot Noirs. For those of you who are interested, it is currently available through the British Columbia Liquor Stores as well.
Oct 6, 2008 at 8:57pm
Added Oct 6, 2008 at 8:50pmBought a bottle to test; decanted about 2 1/2 hours and the wine opened up nicely. Found the nose to carry a little violet with some red berry notes and a slight hint of smoke. On the palate some nice black fruit up front with a bit of a coffee and tobacco entering the equation with some nice tannins and oak. From what is expected to be an excellent overall vintage, this should age well and be a steal at these prices. Not a particularly well known producer, but a nice bottle of wine with great potential to surprise down the road. Picked up a case to hold.
Oct 6, 2008 at 8:49pm
Added Oct 6, 2008 at 8:45pmA very nice bottle of wine; especially at the price point. Slightly floral nose, with a lots of nice jammy fruit on the palate with a soft oak finish. The winery says it will store 5-8 years, I would personally suggest that 5 is more like it. I personally bought this more as a drinker than a wine to store. Requires limited decanting, but an aerator is always a good plan.