Here is the continuation of my tasting notes for the wines that I sampled at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference last month, as well as during some of my recent wine touring, that I will be including in my list of varietals for the submission for membership into the Wine Century Club.
13. Pinot Noir, 2010 Vintage, Hawks View Cellars, Willamette Valley, OR, USA: delicious, elegant, flavours of raspberry, plum, spice and a hint of earthiness
14. Viognier, 2012 vintage, Liquidity Winery, OK Falls, BC, Canada: clean nose of citrus and apple, bright acidity with flavours of spice and apricot, delicious with a beautiful mouthfeel.
15. Dornfelder, 2012 vintage (rosé), Liquidity Winery, OK Falls, BC, Canada: aromas of candied strawberry and some raspberry that carry onto the palate, along with some savoury notes.
16. Gewürztraminer, 2012 vintage, Baillie-Grohman Winery, Creston, BC, Canada: aromas and flavours of lychee, citrus, grapefruit and rose petal, with a full round mouthfeel.
17. Pinot Gris, 2012 vintage, 50th Parallel Winery, Lake Country, BC, Canada: nose of pear and pineapple, citrus on the palate with a hint of pear, well-balanced, tasty.
18. Gamay Noir, 2009 vintage, Hillside Estate Winery, Penticton, BC, Canada: raspberry, cherry nose, tart cherry on the palate, softened tannins, quite pleasant.
19. Merlot, 2009 vintage, Painted Rock Winery, Penticton, BC, Canada: deep purple with ruby rim. Clean nose, med intensity, aromas of smoke, meatiness, dark fruit, spice and liquorice. Dry, pronounced intensity, heavy tannins, med plus acidity, youthful, flavours of plum, blackberry, black cherry, spice, vanilla hints. Long finish, can be aged further, still a bit tight, very good quality.
20. Chardonnay, 2011 vintage, Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley, CA, USA: aromas of pineapple, butterscotch and baking spice, creamy mouthfeel with deliciously integrated oak, flavours of peach, pineapple and baking spice.