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This is a really nice winery. They are based in a relatively new building with very nice architecture. My 11 year old niece and 7 year old nephew took the tour and really enjoyed it. There are two separate tasting rooms, we focused on the library wine room. It was a bit hard to get service in the tasting room even though there weren't crowds, we were ignored for a while. But once we were take care of, it was a nice tasting with Riedel stemware.

2006 Grand Reserve White Meritage 6-6-6
Pale sand color. Citrus nose, touch of grass. Not surprisingly it's 13% Semillon and 87% Sauvignon Blanc. Tastes of pineapple, grapefruit, hints of green apple skin. A bit of an edge like grapefruit peel. Surprisingly long finish. CA$24.75

2006 Chardonnay 7-7-6
Pale sand, hints of gold. Butter, poached pears and oak on the nose. Big time malolactic but balanced by a nice acid. Surprisingly clean, with a low alcohol content that helps keep it tasting light. Well balanced. Not an exceptional long or layered finish. CA$18.95

2006 Riesling 8-7-7
Beautiful nose - extremely floral - you can smell it from yards away. Very dry, hints of violet, some orange, touch of lemon zest, green apple. Maybe some sour peach or peach pit or apricot. Nice long finish with some layering - goes from fruit forward to a bit of candy. I like this. CA$17.30

2005 Delaine Vineyard Riesling 6-7-8
Clear. Strong petrol nose, very little fruit though some green leaf. Sits on the knife edge between sweet and sour. Green apple, green pear, soursop. Very long finish to lemon. I like this. Would pair perfectly with a chilled dilled salmon. CA$18.95

2006 Delaine Vineyard Gewurztraminer 6-5-6
Almost clear. Big dill chip nose. A very dry gewurztraminer, kind of a funky european kind of taste. It has a long but not complex finish. CA$22.80

2005 Delaine Vineyard Pinot Noir 4-4-4
Bing cherry skin colored. Nose of nectarine skins, earth, a bit of plastic (not a turn on) or even furniture polish. Tastes green and very heavy on the earthy flavors. You've got to look hard for the fruit. Lots of dark flavors. Tastes very tight but I don't think it will ever open up. Tobacco and tannins on the finish. CA$25.30

2002 Delaine Vineyard Merlot 6-6-5
Opaque, slightly cloudy. Bell pepper, vanilla, blackberries on nose. Taste vanilla, plum, some green pepper. Hints at a velvety mouthfeel. Finish isn't complex but goes towards spicy plum. CA$25

2005 Delaine Vineyard Syrah 6-5-6
Dark red currant color. Cassis on the nose. Nice intensity and concentrated flavors. Black cherry, truffles, some dark chocolate flavors. Finish is surprisingly long with an emphasis on dark berries, maybe a bit of mushroom. My last taste was much better than my first. CA$29.99

2004 Delaine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 5-6-6
Dark cherry color. Big green pepper nose, some currant in there. Do smell some cotton candy? Surprisngly fruity, softer flavors than I expected from the nose. Blackberry, cassis, classic bordeaux flavors with some vanilla on the finish. CA$29.95

2004 Proprietors's Grand Reserve Meritage 5-6-6
50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc. Dark cherry color, nice brilliance. Bit tough to smell the nose, not a lot of aromas. Light hints of green pepper, green twigs, cherry. Intense flavor - kind of a wow wine - very full bodied which was a surprise given the nose. Strong cherry flavors, hints of spice. Finish is long but not too complex. CA$24.99

2004 Gewürztraminer Icewine 7-7-8
Light gold color - "spring sunrise". Candied pineapple on the nose. Lots of tropical fruits, some candied ginger. Maybe some peach cobbler. Very light acid. Has a beautiful long lingering layered finish. Good stuff. CA$63

2004 Cabernet Franc Icewine 6-7-7
Red-orange copper color. Apple butter on the nose. Very intense flavors: marmalade, honey, touch of black pepper from the tannin. Finish is nice but not as long as the Gewürztraminer. CA$74

Posted by Bruce on August 24, 2007 1:58 PM

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