Taster’s Choice: Hearty Red Wine Reviews
Showcasing a bouquet of hearty, red wines for wining and dining, the five star rating system stresses value for price.
2011 Discovery Series Tempranillo
Oliver, Okanagan Valley
From the Okanagan’s first Tempranillo vines planted in Dark Horse Vineyard, food-friendly red boasts charm and complexity. Richly-textured palate features black cherry, plum, pipe smoke, nut, game and coffee refreshed by lively acidity. Partners pork roast.
2012 Marechal Foch
Naramata, Okanagan Valley
Made with grapes harvested from 50 year old, estate grown vines, potent, unoaked Foch qualifies as a fruit bomb. It exudes fig, raisin, plum and dried cherry with notes of coffee, tobacco, toffee, vegemite, smoke and paprika. Pairs with meaty tomato sauce, game stew.
Seduction in a bottle! With no Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir in 2011, best fruit from Nk’Mip Vineyard has been used. Voluptuous Pinot Noir boasts fleshy cherry/plum, truffle and vanilla with bright acidity and sweet, silky tannins. Partners roasted veal, beef or turkey.
2011 Reserve 7
Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley
Selected from the best barrels, tantalizing red comprises all five Bordeaux varieties. Opulent nose, succulent palate deliver creamy, concentrated cherry, blackberry, cocoa bean, licorice and toasted vanilla. Cellar 3-5 years or enjoy with beef, lamb, duck.
Reminiscent of a fine Late-Bottled Vintage Port, Pipe is made from super-ripe, estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Smooth as silk, the palate exhibits intense plum, cherry, fig and dark chocolate. Enjoy with chocolate cheesecake.