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This afternoon J and I headed out to run a few errands, not thinking about doing any wine touring when all of a sudden we found ourselves out along the Naramata Bench. We figured it couldn’t hurt too much to stop in for tasting at one winery, so decided on Lake Breeze as I had not yet tasted any of their 2011 whites and many of their wines were award winners at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival (2011 Semillon, 2011 Pinot Blanc, 2011 Gewürztraminer), as well as the recent All-Canadian Wine Championships (2008 Tempest won Red Wine of the Year and Double Gold). Nancy welcomed us into the tasting room and ran us through a selection of their whites and reds. The 2011 Semillon had lovely acidity, with lots of lemon and gooseberry flavours. The 2011 Pinot Blanc was a luscious mouthful of crisp Granny Smith apple. The 2011 Gewürztraminer was just slightly off-dry, with lychee on the nose and palate and a hint of rose petals and spice, with a lovely round mouthfeel. The 2011 Bench White (only available at the winery) is one third Muscat, one third Gewürztraminer and one third a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Pinot Blanc. This is a lovely aromatic summer patio sipper, easy-drinking, crisp and flavourful. The 2009 Seven Poplars Pinot Noir had really nice structure, a hint of earthiness on the nose, with cherry and spice on the palate. The 2009 Meritage was rich and full-bodied with lots of earthiness on the nose and palate, a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2008 Tempest is a big red blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, with great structure and fruit. Lots of earthiness on the palate.

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