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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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Naramata Bench on Snooth

  • Hi All,Last night I went to an event called "Uncork Your Palate" in ... ... a single area called the Naramata Bench, which is a 15km stretch of benchland on the east shore of Lake Okanagan, just north of Penticton.  There were only 20 wineries present, but many of the good ones and some new ones.  There were several that brought their big reds... Read More

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  • La Frenz Ensemble 2011

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    Had this at their tasting room. The Ensemble is La Frenz's take on a Graves/Bordeaux style blended white. Well balanced with a kind of rich mouthfeel with plenty of lemongrass and citrus notes. I really like how there is just a touch of oak - more supportive than anything else; way in the background. (I found out that it gets barrel aged for a y... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Vivant 2011

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    A bright, light bodied, balanced wine. Notes of apple, meyer lemon, pear, nectarine. More fresh fruit than plush soft tropical flavours here. Lots of well balanced, soft, mouth watering acidity. Medium bodied. Medium finish. Apparently this does get some oak treatment/aging on the lees, but I don't get any oaky notes from drinking this one. This... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Viognier Probyn-Eastman Vineyard 2012

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    With a wonderfully nuanced nose dominated by mandarin orange, kiwi, and lychee nut, this 2012 Viognier has distinctly correct fruit; on the palate, the juice is sweet but not cloying with just the right acid balance. Finish is medium with a touch of citrus rind. Very juicy and more tropical in flavour than Condrieu. Best Viognier so far from ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Nichol Syrah 2010

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    This well known Naramata winery was an early experimenter in the Syrah variety (Nichol himself was a pioneering wine author in British Columbia). The 2010 has wonderful Crozes-Hermitage colour and redolence with many straw and barnyard scents and tart red fruit such as wild cranberry, chokecherry and a hint of spice cake and black pepper. Very... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Sonoran Vineyard 2012

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    Jeff Martin, the Australian-born winemaker at La Frenz has produced a wonderful, almost California-like Chardonnay for a good price; there is an enticing pear-apple nose with a hint of vanilla and the entry is full, plump, slightly fat and tinged with oak (more vanilla) and apple cider. Balanced, rich, full-bodied and good as an aperitif (and o... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Riesling Andrew Vineyard 2012

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    Comparing German and Canadian Rieslings may have pitfalls, but the youthful richness of high-end British Columbia examples are charting an interesting course for the variety. The nose is slightly minty with pear, delicious apple and lime notes; on the palate, there is more lime, sweet delicious apple and muted citrus acidity. Fair balance, but ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2011

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    Subtle, clean, and fresh on the nose with fresh sweet floral notes and some minerality. More of the same on the palate of this light - medium bodied wine, with notes of white peach, and sweet ginger/ginger ale, and subdued but consistent acid that provides structure and backbone. A delicate and balanced/well done wine - I think my score may be l... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Van Westen Vineyards Vivacious 2011

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    This Pinot Blanc wine (less than 4% Pinot Gris in the blend) has almost Chablis-like characteristics of pear, lime and green apple on the nose. Clean, refreshing entry with some body-enhancing viscosity and long citric - malic finish. Very good indeed. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Poplar Grove Winery White Blend Naramata Bench Viognier Pinot Gris 2011

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    Poplar Grove is in the groove with Pinot Gris; this number has a beautiful varietal nose of peach pie with that je ne sais quois element that evokes a pleasant musk. The wine has a wonderful spring water purity on the palate, with more peach confit and pie spice. Somewhat dilute (a product of the vintage, no doubt) but clean, refreshing and on... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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