I recently came across my tasting notes for several of the wines from Niche Wine Company. I’m not quite sure how I had misplaced them, but in any case now they’ve been found and I can share them with you. Niche Wine Company is a small family operated winery in West Kelowna. Joanna and James Schlosser alternate between Vancouver and the Okanagan making the wine and marketing it while James’ parents, Jerry and Kathleen, operate the Hugh and Mary Vineyard which supplies all the grapes. I met Joanna and James while they were pouring their wines at the BC Wine Info Centre VQA Store in Penticton and had a lovely time chatting with them.
The Niche Wine Company produces Chardonnay, Riesling, a Rosé, Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch and I’ve been impressed with them all. The 2011 Chardonnay is unoaked, with a round mouthfeel and a hint of sweetness. The palate is full of tropical fruit and citrus – very tasty! The 2011 Riesling has lovely flavours of crisp Granny Smith apple and lime. The +124 Reserve Pinot Noir is the second release of the 2010 Pinot Noir. The first release was their regular Pinot Noir that had been aged in older French and American oak barrels for just under a year. This Reserve Pinot Noir was then aged a further 124 days in brand new American oak barrels. It has flavours of cherry, cedar and spice with nice structure to it. The +124 Reserve Foch has undergone the same treatment as the Pinot Noir above, ageing a further 124 in new American oak. It is well balanced with flavours of dark fruit, spice and smoke, with nice structure and acidity. I look forward to the new releases from Niche!