Wines of Canada

Robert's Selections 2015

Robert's Selection reflects wines we have enjoyed in our home, at a friends or dining out. This means our selections are based on a glass or more of each wine in a relaxed and enjoyable surrounding.

We have listed wines we enjoyed on our recent trip more to come.

addition wines to be added

 

Wines of Canada Fall Tasting

Gray Monk Odyssey white Brut 2008 ~ Outstanding ! One of the best all time sparking wines- so refreshing an absolute joy. 97

Painted Rock Chardonnay 2014- Delicious the crowd went wild for the flavours of this wine Brilliant reviews 98

Culmina - Hypothesis - Another hit! Everyone loved this wine A rich bold blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The blend shone with elegance and style 96

Painted Rock Red Icon 2013 - Dark rich classic! palate more ripe black fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla 94

The View

Silver Lining Estate Red. The View Estate Winery has a winner with this wine. A very nice blend of Baco/Pinotage and Merlot. Bold black cherry hints of rasberry and spices. If you love reds its your wine! 93 Barbara 95

Silver Lining Estate White 2014 a very nice blend of Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Ehrenfelser. The wine starts well with notes of pear and peaches followed by apple. The finish is good 90

 

Wards Cider

Picker's Hut Winter Spice extremely flavouful and refreshing

40 Knots 

Pinot Gris 2012 I liked this one! Nice aromas of apples, peaches and citrus. It is crisp, tasting of apples and grapefruit, with an interesting finish . 90.

Backyard

2013 Pinot Gris pear, melon, lime combine to make this a nice summer wine 89

Blackwood Lane

Merlot 2010 A very nice wine featuring flavours of violets, chocolate, black plums and raspberries 92

2008 Alliànce - Blackwood Lanes signature wine and it is beyond good. Its outstanding! A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied, complex and very juicy, good mix of flavours and aromas that rocks.95

Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Paula Sparking: A new release from winemaker Bailey Willamson named after the the owners daughter. I am not a fan of Sparking wine but this one was most enjoyable I had three glasses. 92

2013 Quill White.. a light refreshing wine 52% Pinot Blanc, 34% Ortega, 14% Riesling flavours of apple and peach.. a good patio wine. 88

2012 Quill Red a blend of Island and Okanagan grapes.47% Cabernet Foch, 21% Marchel Foch, 21% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Libre It was aged in oak barrels to develop the mid-palate and as a result, exhibits notes of vanilla and cocoa.  Gold medal winner at the All Canadian Wine Awards. Barbara likes this wine It has a unique quality 93

2013 Quill Rose. A delightful wine 100% Cowichan valley Gamay Noir 90

2013 Pinot Gris. If how quickly a bottle empties tells you how good a wine is this one is great Notes of peach and honeydew..93

Bordertown Vineyards and Estate Winery

Pinot Blanc 2014 a very good wine perfect for the summer patio. very smooth nice flavours 88

Gewürztraminer 2013 nice aromas. apricot another good summer wine with spicy notes 88

Living Desert Red 2014 Their signature blend Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Barbara was impressed. Aromas and flavours of black fruits and some red fruit flavours 90

Syrah 2013. This wine has great potential to age. Nice flavours 90

Bonamici Cellars

Sauvignon Blanc Viognier 2012 a very nice wine beginning with aromas of herbs, grass, spice and citrus.
The taste buds are awakened with flavours of citrus and apricot with a lingering dry finish of spice and herbs. 90

CedarCreek Estate

Platinum 2012 "Block 5" Pinot Gris, smooth as smooth can be a most delicious wine bursting with flavour. The bottle was quickly emptied 95

Chaberton Estate Winery

Reserve Bacchus 2013. perfection in a bottle A truly great Bacchus. Citrus flavours abound, so refreshing! 92

Reserve Riesling 2014 a nice deliciously sweet Riesling with a nose of chamomile and honey, layered flavours of lime and apple peel and followed by tropical fruit developing on a satisfying finish. 93

Corcelettes

Trivum 2013 I definitely like this one A blend of Chasselas (50%), Gewürztraminer (36%) and Pinot Gris (14%) - Chasselas is the focus here. Nice aroma silky with lingering flavours hints of honey 90

Gewürztraminer 2014 A light sweetness the flavours roams about the month and throat -vanilla- providing a very nice finish 92

Syrah 2013 Excellent the nose provides a good start opening with black pepper, and dried black fruit followed by deliciously complex flavours and a very nice finish 93

Culmina Family Estate Winery

Unicus 2014 A very nice wine. It begins with mineral,citrus and peach notes as t tinkles the palate with hints of pepper and spice finishing with a burst of grapefruit. 95

Decora 2014 a refreshing Riesling nice aromas The brilliant flavours dance around the mouth finishing with mineral and citrus. An outstanding Riesling 96

Hypothesis. blended from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. This wine when you taste it, you do not think about the flavours or structure, you think about How Good It Is! 97

Dragonfly Hills Vineyards

Bumbleberry 2011 A surprising delicious wine full of flavour. flavours of blackberries, raspberries, loganberries, black currant; with additional infusions of strawberry, rhubarb, and Japanese plum.. 92

 

Desert Hills

Cactus White 2014 a nice blend of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay,Gewürztraminer and Viognier. Interesting citrus flavours.85

Gehringer Brothers

Riesling 2013 A really great wine. the bottle was gone far too fast. A good balance of peach and apple with hints of honey. The sweetness is perfect 95

 

Gray Monk Estate

2102 Pinot Auxerrois nice fruity aroma suggestion of peach went well with our turkey 93

Harper’s Trail

Gewürztraminer 2013 The wine begins with delightful aromas of grapefruit and rose petal spice, leading to rich flavours of tangerine. There is a hint of spice on the finish. 86.

Hester Creek Estate Winery

Reserve Cabernet Franc 2012 So good a must try wine. cherry, raspberry and toasty vanilla. This wine could even be better with age 92

Pinot Gris a fresh clean wine with pear and melon flavours 88

Pinot Blanc fresh notes of apple a really nice finish 86

Reserved Cabernet Franc 2012 bold wonderful berry aromas with complex flavours Can be cellared 90-94

Old Vines Trebbiano Block 16 Yum now that's a wine wonderfully delicious. 96

Intersection Winery

Mile Edge White 2013 a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier very nice good flavours of peach smooth and fresh 92

Viognier - Marsanne 2013 nice flavours hints of fruit and lime ending with a twist of orange Simply a great wine . Barbara and both liked this one!! 95

Sauvignon Blanc intense flavours good finish a nice wine 89

Milepost Red 2011a very good Merlot a little oak with good fruit flavours 90

2012 Alluvia (Unfiltered Merlot)silt soils amazing aroma A very good wine 88

2012 Silica (unfiltered) grown in sandy soil a very nice wine 88

Kraze Legz Vineyards

Skaha Vineyards 2014 Mystique a light refreshing wine blend of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay. Most enjoyable with notes of pear pinapple and citrus fruits 94

2012 Merlot Icewine.. Oh My delicious! A fine fine icewine.notes of fresh strawberry and more. You crave more 94

SKAHA Vineyard 2012 Rogue can not tell you about this wine it is too good. Shhh 96

The Lindy Hope 2012 White Blend A nice slighly dry blend of Pinto Blanc and Chardonnay Notesof Honeydew and melon hints of orange followed by pineapple. Most enjoyable 90

La Stella Winery

2014 Vivace Pinot Grigio light and elegant with flavours of peaches citrus, and apples. A crisp finish with lingering flavours. 88

LaStella Leggiero Unoaked Chardonnay 2014 amazing aroma of fresh fruits flavours bit the tongue 90

LaStellina Rosato simply a great Rose full of flavours with a complexity of interesting flavours slightly sweet 92

2014 Lastellina is a blend-of the juice of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese. Its an interesting wine starting with an amazing aroma, followed by tantalizing flavours 93

2013 Fortissimo a blend of 49% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Sangiovese and 14% Cabernet Franc. Excellent ! a good wine to age. The wine has aromas and flavours of black currant and cherry 94

2012 Allegretto nice aroma, great body, sensations of red and black cherry fruit Simply put is a great wine 95

Larianna Cellars

Viognier 2013 , a winner for sure a very good wine aromas fresh peach and appricot that follow through with perfect acidity 93

2012 Twelve aromas of black fruit Cherry on the palate a nice wine 86

Mission Hill Five Vineyards

Cabernet Merlot 2012 . It is 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. It has been aged 11 months in French and American oak. Light and easy-drinking, with flavours of cherry, vanilla and hints of sage. 88.

Mt Lehman Winery

2012 Symmetry - blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Ehrefelser, Riesling and Oraniensteiner combining to give a fruity, floral, aromatic blend highlighting nuances of peach and nectarine and finishing clean and fresh 92

Moon Curser

Afraid of the Dark 2013 a light refreshing blend of Roussanne (44%), Viognier (37%) and Marsanne (19%) dominated by grapefruit goof finish 86

Contraband Series Arneis 2014 a nice wine with notes of pear and minerals 88

2012 Border Vines This blend of five Bordeaux varietals consists of Malbec (15%), Merlot (37%), Petit Verdot (16%), Cabernet Sauvignon (22%), and Carmenere (10%). The wine is grown in five Osoyoos East Bench vineyards. A excellent body aromas of cassis and spice, leading to flavours of blueberry and lingonberry hints of chocolate 90

Vineyards Merlot 2012 of black currant and cherry. 86

Muse Estate Winery

2013 Ortega a personal favourite flavourable (grapefruit)and refreshing. One of the very best Ortegas 97

Bacchus 2014. another fine wine great flavour..94

NK' Mip Cellars

Winemaker's 2012 Riesling - Excellent bursting with flavours outstanding. Classic Granny Smith apple and crisp, fresh citrus notes 95

Qwam Qwmt 2012 Merlot full-bodied red smooth and rich tannins with classic cherry and blackberry notes. 89

Qwam Qwmt 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon proving once again the Okanagan can produce a great wine from this grape. full-bodied good fruit flavours 95

Winemakers 2013 Talon blend contains 36% Syrah, 23% Merlot, 19% Malbec, 11% Cab Franc, and 11% Cab Sauv. Named for the mythical Thunderbird,. Barbara's choice! A blend that exhibits dark berries and plum with savoury, cedar notes. 96

Winemakers Dreamcatcher - My choice! Fresh and exciting flavours that excite the nose and taste buds 97

Orofino

2013 Hendsbee Vineyard Riesling refreshing smooth fruity on the dry side 89

2014 Pinot Gris lots of minerality fruity and refreshing 90

2012 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir very nice down to earth 86

2012 Red Bridges Red a Merlot black cherry chocolate notes 88

2012 Beleza AH! very nice black fruits mixed with spicy notes 94

Pacific Breeze Urban Winery

Pinot Gris 2013 BC VQA - from a Summerland vineyard this wine is extremely good nice citrus flavour light and refreshing 92

Painted Rock

Merlot 2012 The quality matches the price $36 . The wine begins with nice aromas of plum and black cherry. The taste develops in layers a interesting flavours The texture is dense, ripe tannins. 94

2014 Chardonnay Outstanding fresh perfection in a wine best chardonnay of the Okanagan 97

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon a wonderful wine. Rich, black fruits of dark plum. Its a must try wine 93

2012 Merlot The wine begins with a glorious aroma of cassis, plum and black cherry. It delivers flavours of black currant with notes of tobacco, leather and cedar. 90

Syrah 2012 a very good wine Barbara really liked this one great flavours 90

Red Icon amazing blend of 31% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 15% Petit Verdot this is indeed an Icon of flavours 94

Red Rooster Winery

2012 Cabernet Merlot - dry, rich with notes blackberry and currents 86

Seven Stones

Chardonnay 2011 light and refreshing nectarine and pineapple 88

Pinot Noir Aromas of strawberry, cherry nice raspberry flavour great finish with finish of cinnamon and nutmeg 92

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Aromas of black fruit, cocoa, and coffee. A long smooth finish presenting dark plum, chocolate, and ? flavours. 88

2011 Row 128 Merlot NICE! Black Cherry on the nose complex berry flavours on the palate strong finish 90

Singletree Estate Winery

Siegerrebe 2013- light refreshing full of flavoures. A most enjoyable wine with flavours of peach and oears. 93

Sperling

Pinot Gris2013 you start with notes of honey melon, honey dew, mineral and a nice sweetness to the wine. 90

Pinot Noir Rose Nice refreshing one of the better Rose.86

2010 Gewürztraminer the taste is surprising a wow factor put it on your must try list 92

2013 Market white the name does not do it justice its a very good refreshing wine floral and strong fruit flavours 92

Old Vine Riesling excellent aromas it gets better with each sip another must try wine 93

2012 Speritz wow different good it bits the tongue with flavours 94

Old Vine Foch 2013 very good nice bold flavours 94

Spierhead

Chardonnay was aged for ten months; 20% in new French oak barrels with the balance in stainless steel. Flavours of apricot and other fruits 88

Pinot Gris 2013 an excellent wine good character refreshing good minerality 92

2012 Pursuit a Bordeaux blend with 48% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc grapes coming from the Black Sage Road, Oliver.  A delious flavouful wine 88

Tantalus

2014 Riesling sweet with nice fruit flavours pineapple dominates A perfect summer wine 88

juveniles Pinot Noir 2013 A very good wine good fruit flavours 88

Pinot Noir 2012 A very good wine good body fruit flavours 88

The View

Gewürztraminer 2013 good aromas, stats well refreshing and crisp slightly high acidity which is balanced by round flavours of lychee, citrus and melon 88

Hail Mary 2013 after a hail storm took out 70% The view went hunting for grapes finding Muller-Thurgau near by and made this fine wine. notes of tropical and citrus fruit with a hint of honey blossom make it a great summer wine 88

Riesling 2012 nice! aromas of citrus and apple blossom. Vibrant flavours of y lime and sweet apples 86

Red Shoe White 2012 is a pleasing blend of Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Optima grapes. Its clean and soft citrus flavours with peach on the finish. 87

2012 Distraction Rose one of the Okanagan better Rose Nice aromas of strawberries, and cherries that continue through to finish - Pinotage Rose 93

Tightrope

-Pinot Gris 2013 flavours of Apple and pear great with appies 92

Time Estate Winery

Meritage 2013 a classic! refreshing! full of flavours of honeydew and melon. Beautiful finish. Barbara and I were extremely impressed 96

TSundial 2013 the more we drank the better we liked this wine a very nice blend of Chardonnay,Pinot Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc 89

Township7

2013 Unoaked Chardonnay delightful 90

2014 Sauvignon Blanc 2014 a most enjoyable refreshing wine refreshing tropical fruit flavours 92

2012 Merlot crafted from the Black Sage Bench’s Blue Terrace vineyard This is an excellent wine 94

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery

2014 Mystic River Gewürztraminer here is a real winner. Its got all you want in a Gewürztraminer. It is made in a dry, elegant style, reflecting both the terroir and the maturity of the plants.  Features intense floral, citrus, mineral and rose petal notes.  96

Young & Wyse Collection

2011 Amber a special blend of Viognier and Gewürztraminer named after the owners daughter. Barbara enjoyed this wine. Complexed flavours good minerality 87

2013 Gewürztraminer nice aromas peach and citrus. I like this one 92

2013 Viognier.. Ah one of the best Viogniers great aroma, from peach to orange blossom before bursting with tropical flavours . and a most refreshing lemon acidity 94

2012 Zinfandel okay this what Zinfandel should be. It has a great body. Flavours of blackberry hints of pepper and cinnamon 91

2012 Merlot a good wine nice body good flavours with a lingering mineral finish 88

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon oh so nice complex flavours great finish 90

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon really good. numerous sensations tantalizing the taste buds 93

- Selections 2014

 

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