Lieutenant Governor Awards of Excellence in Wine

British Columbia

Lieutenant Governor Awards of Excellence in Wine was established in 2003 to honour excellence in wines produced from 100% grown BC grapes.

The Winners 2014

• 8th Generation Vineyard Riesling 2012

• Bonamici Cellars Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012

• Fort Berens Estate Winery Riesling 2012

• Hester Creek Estate Winery Block 2 Reserve Merlot 2011

• Howling Bluff Estate Winery Summa Quies Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 2013

• Kraze Legz Vineyard & Winery Skaha Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay 2013

• Laughing Stock Vineyards Portfolio 2011

• Okanagan Crush Pad Winery Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2011

• Pentâge Winery Syrah Reserve 2010

• Quails' Gate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2012

• Ruby Blues Winery Viognier 2013

• Wayne Gretzky Okanagan The Great Red 2011


The winners: 2013

Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2010 ($33). Winery notes: “An intense nose of blackberries and ripe cherries evolves into cedar and dried herbs with a faint hint of cocoa and vanilla. The palate has round lush flavours of juicy red fruit, black tea and ripe plums. Bright red raspberry in colour with well integrated tannins and a balanced acidity. This wine will benefit from decanting…”

Calona Artist Series Pinot Noir 2011 ($15.99). Winery's notes: “A ruby red colour with a beautiful nose of cherry, red plum and blackberry, complemented by notes of smoke and spice.  This light to medium-bodied Pinot Noir is perfect for casual sipping with its juicy red fruit flavours, silky mouth-feel and elegance.  The dry, but not too dry, finish lingers gently with notes of juicy red fruits.”

Church & State Coyote Bowl Vineyard Syrah 2010 ($35). Winery notes: “Medium dark in colour, this wine offers up a hedonistic array of aromas, including notes of vanilla, Christmas baking spices, and white pepper, in addition to the gorgeous primary fruit components typified by cranberry, plum, black cherries and violets. A truly unique expression of the Syrah grape. On the palate, the above-mentioned flavours continue on with tremendous intensity. The wine is medium to full bodied with good structure, while still retaining an elegance and richness that we find is conveniently described as an ‘Iron fist in a velvet glove'.”

EauVivre Pinot Noir 2010 ($19). Winery's notes: “Our 2010 Pinot Noir has delicate aromas of sour cherry, raspberry and spice; complimented by wonderful notes of plum, dried herbs and a touch of oak.  Supple tannins and bright acidity round out the finish.”

Hester Creek Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc 2010 ($28.95). Winery notes: “ Ready to age five to 10 years, this medium-bodied ruby-red wine will engage you with aromas of malt, plum, raspberry, and black pepper. Round and supple tannins with tastes of malt, plum, strawberry and black pepper abound in this complex and delicious wine .”

Inniskillin Okanagan Riesling Icewine 2011 ($60 for 200 ml). Winery's notes: “Golden yellow in colour, this 2011 Riesling Icewine is intense with fruit aromas of apricot peach and tropical fruits. Its rich palate is overflowing with sweet nectar flavours and balanced with a crisp acidity.”

Red Rooster Viognier Reserve 2012 ($21.99). Winery's notes: “Clear and bright with a pretty nose of orange blossom, white lilac, peach and apricot.  This medium-bodied wine has a round mouth-feel and juicy flavours of ripe tree fruit, accented by spring blossom notes.  Juicy orange, ripe apple and floral notes linger on the refreshing finish.  Drink while young and fresh.”

Red Rooster Syrah Reserve 2010 ($29.99). Winery's notes: “The bouquet revolves around notes of tar, violet, baked plum, smoky cedar, blackberry, blueberry, spice and vanilla.  This syrah exhibits a dry, full-bodied, rich mouth-feel, with firm but not aggressive tannins, and food-friendly acidity.  Flavours of black cherry, blackberry, currant and sweet spice fill the mouth.  Juicy black fruits, black tea, sweet spice, cocoa and coffee notes linger on the finish.  This wine has everything you have come to expect from a dominant Rooster.  Enjoy now through 2015.”

Stag's Hollow Cachet #3 Limited Edition 2010 ($49.90 for September release). This is an unfiltered bend of 49% Tempranillo, 43% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged in barrel for two years. Winery notes:  “Aromas -   prune plums, cassis, sweet pipe tobacco smoke. Flavours - masculine earthy, tarry flavours mingle with dark cherry, pomegranate and  molasses, finishing with dusty tannins.”

Stoneboat Pinot Noir 2010 ($24.90). Winery's notes: “Bold but delicate, this wine offers concentrated red fruits scented with earthy spice. Layers of violet, green tea and rich currant flavours linger on the palate, with silky tannins offering up a deliciously smooth finish. Balanced acidity and sturdy structure ensure that this Pinot will cellar well.”

Synchromesh Storm Haven Vineyard Riesling 2011 ($32 and sold out). This is a Riesling lover's Riesling, beginning with dramatic aromas of citrus and petrol. The texture shows quite concentrated minerality with flavours of lime and grapefruit. The finish is rich and has great length. The judges were unanimous in voting for this wine.

Wild Goose Mystic River  Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2012 ($19). Winery notes: “B.C.'s hidden gem of a varietal, Pinot Blanc!!  This Blanc has B.C. written all over it with ripe cantaloupe, apricot, and melon aromas.  Barrel fermentation lends a complexity to this wine with butterscotch and toastiness on the finish.”

Thanks to John Schreiner for his long time support and assistance


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