Monday, April 20, 2015

Monthly Picks: April '15 - Quails' Gate

Springtime in BC means the release of last year's whites, rosé wines and the occasional red to the market. The first such release to land on our review table arrived from West Kelowna's Quails' Gate Winery. They have 3 new whites, their always dependable blush and their killer Pinot Noir to try. Enjoy.

2014 Dry Riesling - $17.11
A very consistent label for the West Kelowna winery, this Riesling is an exploration of the balance between the crisp and sweet facets of tart orchard fruit like green apples and lemon/lime.
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2014 Gewurztraminer - $17.11
For 2014, the Quail's Gate Gewurztraminer showcases a little more of the opulent, tropical fruit we've come to associate with the Alsatian variety than from the 2013 release - especially on the off-dry palate where the initial citrus tartness is overtaken by lychee and papaya fruit through to the bright and spicy, mineral-infused finish.
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2014 rosé - $18.14
The palate is juicy and refreshing with near off-dry levels of residual sugar balanced by plenty of wild berry and rhubarb acidity. Flavours of delicate red fruit, minerals and sweet citrus with bring a smile to your face.
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2014 Chasselas Pinot Blanc Pinot Gris - $19.18
Popular for its approachable and affordable combination of refreshing orchard fruit and mineral flavours, this is the ultimate patio wine with some residual sweetness balanced by mannered acidity and grassy notes on the finish.
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2013 Pinot Noir - $28.15
Essentially, this is everything you want from a BC Pinot Noir: expressive red fruit supported by earthy characters and hints of herbs and oak.
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 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2015

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