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Bob's and Barbara's Selections

Here are our picks for some of the really enjoyable wines
we have served in our home, our friends homes or tasted in our travels in 2012

Wine sample may be submitted for review

Black Sage Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010 flavours of cherry and blackberries delicious 88
Black Sage Vineyards Merlot 2010 aged in French oak for 12 months intense flavours of black berries and sage. Good structure. 86
Black Sage Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Also aged for 12 months a true Okanagan wine. Blackberry flavour with hints of cedar on the finish 88
Black Sage Vineyards Pipe 2007 A very nice port style wines A nice blend of Cabernet Sauvignon,.Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Nice tones of Cherry and blackberry. 90
Rustico Cellars Threesome 2010 Nice bold developing flavours. Blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 86
Moon Curser Afraid of the Dark 2011 is a blend of Marsanne 942%), Roussanne (33%) and Chardonnay (25%). Great aromas, crisp with a twist....enjoyable 82
Moon Curser Border Vines 2010 This blend of six Bordeaux varietals consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Merlot (33%), Cabernet Franc (15%), Carmenere (7%), Malbec (7%) and Petit Verdot (3%). The wine is grown in five Osoyoos East Bench vineyards . Nice flavours good character,spicy, nice finish .... Yes! 90
Tinhorn Creek 2009 Pinot Noir Aged in older more neutral American and French Oak barrels for approx 8 months before being bottle aged for almost 2 years prior to release .. This wine it the spot, smooth delicious satisfying ... 92
Pentâge 2010 Pinot Gris wow what a nice wine bursting with flavours. Wonderfull finish more please. 90

 

 

Vqa Fall Wine Tasting
Listed here are some truly great wines no scores given

 

       
Black Hills Estate Winery   Syrah 2010  
Blackwood Lane   The Reference 2007  
Cellar Hand   Punch Down Red  
Fort Berens Estate   Cabernet Franc 2010  
Fort Berens Estate   Meritage 2010-- outstanding  
Ganton & Larsen Prospect   Regatta Red 2009  
Hester Creek Estate   Character White 2011 - Fantastic  
Hester Creek Estate   Reserve Merlot 2009  
House of Rose   Hot Flash 2011- surprisingly good  
House of Rose   Vintage Okanagan Port 2009 - I love my port  
Little Straw Vineyards   Pinot Noir 2008  
Nk'Mip Cellar   QwAM QwMT Syrah 2008  
Nk'Mip Cellar   Mer'r'iym 2009  
Osoyoos Larose   Le Grand Vin 2008  
Osoyoos Larose   Petales d'Osoyoos 2009  
Painted Rock   Estate Grown Merlot 2009  
Painted Rock   Estate Grown Red Icon--- wow  
Quinta Ferreira Estate   Merlot Cabernet 2009  
Serendipity Winery   Devils Advocate 2010  
Serendipity Winery   Pinot Noir 2007  
Sperling Vineyards   Old Vine Foch 2010  
St Hubertus & Oak Bay   Oak Bay Pinot Noir - WOW  
St Hubertus & Oak Bay   St Hubertus Goddess  
Stag's Hallow   Heritage Block 2009  
Stag's Hallow   Simply Noir 2011  
Stoneboat   Pinot Noir 2009 - outstanding  
The View Winery   Gewürztraminer 2011 - Barbara's top pick  
Therapy Vineyards   Freud's Ego 2009  
Therapy Vineyards   Pinot Noir 2011 - Fantastic perfect balance amazing sweetness  
Young & Wyse   Amber 2011  
McWatter's   Chardonnay  
       

 

 

Inniskillin Okanaga photo by Robert A Bell

Inniskillin Okanagan 2010 Reserve Merlot An outstanding wine with a perfect body well balanced hints of pepper and cherry dominate this wine.

94

 

Inniskillin Okanagan 2011 Reserve Series Pinot Grigio Ah! smooth refreshing delightful, nice aroma.
What a great wine
92
Inniskillin Okanagan 2011 Reserve Series Chardonnay Beautiful golden color fruity aromas, hints of roasted almond and apple Perfect finish 90
Inniskillin Okanagan 2011 Dark Horse Vineyard Pinot Blanc VQA Good fruit intensity, tropical fruit aromas, nice smooth finish 90
Inniskillin Okanagan 2010 Reserved Sauvignon VQA Nice cherry, spice and pepper. with a toasty oak flavour .. flavours come together o form a great wine 90
Jackson-Triggs 2011 Okanagan Riesling Apples apples crisp and enjoyable 86
Jackson-Triggs 2010 Reserve Merlot medium body with character, oak, vanilla, cherry and plum 88
Jackson-Triggs 2010 Reserve Series Meritage plum fruits a wine that tantalizes the taste buds 92

rosehall Wines - photo by Robert A Bell

 

Winery Wine comments Score
Rosehall Run PEC Cuvee Country pinot noir 2010 just amazing... Unbelievably good...perfection in a bottle 96
Rosehall Run Cuvee Country chardonnay 2010 perfect for hot summer evenings the mineral terrior shows strongly in this wine. A must buy 89
Rosehall Run Cuvee Country 2011 Pinot Gris A wine with a tingle. Crisp strong acidity Fruits abound
84
Rosehall Run defiant pinot noir 2011 Interesting and different were the first impressions.
The wine flows easy over the tongue proving a special lightness and pepper sensation. flavours of the wine were more inviting upon the second slip . We soon found our self having another glass.
90
Rosehall Run Liberated chardonnay 2011 a aromatic and flavourable fruit sensation wine.
One that makes you want more as it tantalizes your taste buds. An exceptional Chardonnay
94

 

Blackwood lane offers one of the best Cellars of Wine in Canada. One 5 star wine after another.

Winery Wine comments Score
Blackwood Lane

2011 Rosé

amazing colour produced using the saigned method full of fruit flavours a little sparkle smooth flow. One BC's better Rosé 86
Blackwood Lane 2009 Viognier WOW Perfect touch of sweetness highlights the wine into pure delight. honeysuckle and peach flavours along with a smooth rich velvet texture make this a sensational wine. 95
Blackwood Lane 2010 Chardonnay A well structured wine good body good acidity great aromas A summer day wine on the patio 84
Blackwood Lane 2007 Merlot Sensation an amazing aroma full of flavours drink now or store. Its a wine of all times. beautiful balance lovely finish. More please. Barbara's favourite. 94
Blackwood Lane 2009 Pinot Noir My Kind of red. not too bold great body . Full of flavours berries, strawberry refreshing beyond g great. Silky lingering taste and excellent finish 96
Blackwood Lane 2009 The Rebel Deep rich amazing the rebel strikes gold. so many flavours from hints of chocolate to raspberries amazing texture smooth
I licked my lips after this one .
97
Blackwood Lane 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Delightful starts by tingling the tip of the tongue fruit flavours abundant, hints of chocolate another 5 star wine 94
Blackwood Lane 2007 Alliance Elegant, with complexity hints of wild cherry good finish 92
Blackwood Lane 2007 The Reference Premium Bordeaux Blend. Fantastic and expense. Expensive and amazing dancing with cherry and plum flavours, hints of chocolate and spice . Amazing 95
Blackwood Lane Merlot Canadian Port This is how a port sty fortified wine should taste. deep rich flavours. Aged since 2008 Impress your friends with is must try port 95

Great Hospitality Great wines Neck of the Woods and Backyard Vineyards

 

Neck of Woods
Back Yard Vineland
2010 Sauvignon Blanc A smooth satisfying wine from Okanagan Valley light and crisp A summer wine. balance is excellent . A gold medal wine 84
Neck of Woods
Back Yard Vineland
2010 Nosey Neighbour Nice aromas, apple comes to mind hints of grapefruit. Its smooth light refreshing nice blend od Fraser valley and Okanagan grapes 84
Neck of Woods
Back Yard Vineland
2011 Gewürztraminer Hints of spice and the aromas of a spring day - meadow flowers, honeysuckle flavours play on the tongue refreshing nice touch of sweetness 88
Neck of Woods
Back Yard Vineland
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon a nice blend with a bold taste the merlot provides a smooth stratifying finish 84
Neck of Woods
Back Yard Vineland
2010 Syrah a petite syrah with a big taste. Excellent colour fruits and vanilla dane on the tongue bursting into a strong finish . Buy it 88
Neck of Woods
Back Yard Vineland
Porch Wine a fortified wine, in the style of sherry or port wine 86

Domaine de Chaberton Canoe North Bluff White A very nice citrus blend of Okanagan grapes Hints of apples and vanilla Strong finish 88
Domaine de Chaberton Chaberton Cuvee Blanc A box wine white blend of Madeleine Angevine, Madeleine Sylvaner, and Bacchus grapes from our Langley vineyard. with citrus flavours Crisp and dry 82
Domaine de Chaberton Bachuss (1) VQA signature wine , delightful. refreshing good flavours, a nice light touch of sweetness ..my kind of wine 88
Domaine de Chaberton Gamay Noir a nice bodied wine good color hints of spice and vanilla nice aroma of cherries 87
Domaine de Chaberton Merlot This one delight Barbara's taste buds. grapes from the Black Sage. Berry and cherry flavours hints of pepper strong finish 90
Domaine de Chaberton Meritage an excellent barrel aged wine. Blends of Merlot and Cabernet Sauv add richness to the body. Some oak and spice nice finish 92

 

2012 VQA Tasting

Winery Wine comments score
Elephant Island 2003 Apricot dessert perfect balance. full of flavour Apricot supreme 92
Blasted Church Merlot Cabernet 2009 Nice fruit flavours of dark berries. Nice body good finish 86
Recline Ridge Siegerrebe 2010 good flavours of tropical fruit well balanced refreshing 90
Recline Ridge Bacchus good aromas, light a good summer wine 86
Fort Berens 23 Camel White 2011 Most enjoyable Light and refreshing all you could ask for 88
Fort Berens Riesling 2011 The wine begins with honeyed floral aromas. On the palate, there are flavours of lime and grapefruit, with just a touch of sweetness to give additional lift to the fruit flavours.This wine has staying power 92
Fort Berens Meritage A blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. and 5% Cabernet Franc and aged in French and American barrels. Features aromas of black currant, bramble and spices Call lit one of the best Meritage we have tasted 94
3Cru Nomad Gewürztraminer-dominated white called Nomad .. 90
River Stone Pinot Gris 2011 Ah honeysuckle nice aroma perfect summer patio wine

89

 

River Stone Malbec Red It has that wow factor Hints of rose petals and Strawberries 92
Niche Chardonnay 2011 An interesting wine with a very distinctive character The smooth flavour taste is long and refreshing. An afternoon delight 92
Niche Riesling 2011 Refreshing and satisfying good aromas.. 86
Kraze Legs Charleston Chardonnay notes of apple of crisp apple, honey,pineapple, and tropical fruits and strong zesty finish 90
Kraze Legs Black Bottom Stomp dark cherry, raspberry, plum and cassis. Sultry notes of vanilla and dark chocolate .. A great blend 90
Bartier Bros Cerqueira Vineyards Chardonnay One of the best to come out of BC 94
Bartier Bros Semillion Smooth ! nice flavours 88
Quinta Ferreira Estate Unoaked Chardonnay 2010 A clean crisp refreshing wine. Peach and citrus fruits abound.

90

 

Bounty Cellars Pinot Blanc 2010 Smooth, nice, apple and fruit aromas good flavour nice finish 88
Bounty Cellars Pinot Gris Perfect sweetness tantalizing your taste buds hints of pear 92
Bounty Cellars Crystal Gewürztraminer 2008 Yum! So good nice flow over the taste buds A Summer patio wine 88
Baillie- Grohman Pinot Gris 2010 One of the very best ! Outstanding flavours.. 94
Baillie- Grohman Gewürztraminer 2010 nice aromas, a little bit but flavourful 86
Church & State 2011 C&S Blanc Rose Like all C&S wines this one was great, most refreshing 86
Clos Du Solei Capella 2010 Excellent aromas, strong fruit flavours clean and refreshing 92
Red Rooster Pinot Blanc One of the best wonderful aroma great flavours 90
Red Rooster Riesling A riesling to make BC proud. Perfect sweetness

94

 

Spierhead Riesling A nice aroma perect sweetness a must try wine 84
Saturna Island Vinsera Port-Style Dessert Wine a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Nebbiolo was sensational 90

 

 

Domaine de Chaberton Bacchus 2010 VQA good flavours of pears and ripe apples Delightful and clean god finish 90
Domaine de Chaberton
Madeleine Sylvaner VQA
very enjoyable good citrus flavours clean finish 88
Hester Creek Reserve Cabernet Franc 2009 complex yet very satisfying expectations high as it ages 88
Serendipity Private Reserve Estate Cabernet Franc 2009 Crisp and tangy, the wine begins with aromas of pear and pineapple. On the palate, there are flavours of green apples, green melon and apricot good finish 92
Serendipity Private Reserve Serenata 2009 moat impressive Their flagship Bordeaux blend, a complex wine with aromas of vanilla, plum and fig and with flavours of plum, figs and chocolate 93
Cedar Creek Colbert Edition” Platinum Reserve Meritage 2006 A great blend good flavours good firm texture.. 90
Cassini Cassini Syrah Collector's Series 2009 Robust ! flavours of black cherry, plum, fig, liquorice and pepper and an almost earthy finish. .
88
St. Hubertus Dry Riesling 2009 citrus flavours! crisp an excellent wine to sip away the evening 90
Stag's Hallow Hart 2010 a port-style wine made with very ripe Merlot and fortified to 20%. It has a delicious taste sweet fruit. Give it more time and WOW 90
Morning Bay Bianco 2009 What a white wine should be

90

 

Morning Bay Merlot ripe plums and cassis, rich and smooth 86
Township 7 Merlot 2008 The 2008 Merlot come from five different vineyards aged 26 month a rich flavour slightly bold with hints of spice. A darn good wine 84
Tinhorn Creeks Gewürztraminer 2010 Smooth hints of vanilla and tropical fruits. Wish I had more 88
Tinhorn Creeks Pinot Noir 2008 Classic, great balance excellent flavours. A must try wine 92
Oliver Twist 2010 Kerner A Riesling/ Trollinger blend good aromas of citrus fruit would be good with white meat 80
Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2008 Wonderful blackberry and black cherry notes greet your first impression as the light cedar and sweet vanilla flavours keep this wine very enjoyable to drink from start to finish . Most enjoyable wine 90
River Stone 2010 Pinot Gris smooth wine good flavours nice finish more please 90
8th Generation Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris A gold medal winning wine with excellent flavours a touch of mineral on the finish. Could sip this one all night 92
Lotusland Vineyards 2010 Girlmeaner apricot aromas and tropical fruit flavours, along with a spicy citrus peel finish .. comes up a little short 78
Summerhill Pyramid 2008 Organic Foch Macerated over 21 days, and then aged in French oak for 18 months. Very intense flavours Plum berries hints of coco. More please

90

 

LaStella Fortissimo 2009 a blend off 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and, with a touch of Tuscany, 8% Sangiovese. This is a bold red with an appealing aroma of black currants and with brambly flavours of currants, plums and black berries. The price is high but so worth it 92
Prospect Winery Birch Canoe Pinot Blanc Okanagan Valley BC VQA
An extremely lively wine almost over powering, great aroma. Citrus and pineapple abound 88
Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2010, British Columbia Simply A GOOD WINE 88
Sonoron Estate WInery Merlot 2007 Rich aromas of red & black fruits 84
Summerhill Pyramid 2009 Riesling smooth lingers on the tongue fruity 90
Summerhill Pyramid Ehrenfelser Sweet a wonderful wine for a hot summer evening pronounced flavours ( do not over chill) 89
Summerhill Pyramid 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Rich Deep flavours smooth 86
Le Clos Jordanne 2009 Pinot Noir Oh Wow! amazing It does not get any better . Aromas of the rainbow of flavours. 95
Serendipity Winery 2010 White Lie Crisp and refreshing nice aroma hints of Pine apple and pear One for the summer patio 90
Serendipity Winery 2009 Viognier I love a good Viognier This one is GOOD! nice balance good finish 88
Red Rooster 2011 Gewürztraminer A good wine 84
LA Frenz rieslings 2011 a most unique taste I quite enjoyed with a little sparkle. Hints of honey and citrus 88
LA Frenz 2008 Grand Total Reserve another great wine. barrelled aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc Big bold taste nice flavours bring on the steak ! Wow 95
Hillside Estate Pinot Noir juice raspberry and wild strawberry aromas and flavours. The silky texture lingers on the palate while a hint of spice adds to its beautiful complexity 90
Kettle Valley Pinot Noir good aromas great fruity flavours, Nice finish. 84
Misconduct The Big Take a 45 % Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Barrelled aged Cabernet Franc 92
Stoneboat Vineyard Chorus 2010 A very interesting blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Muller Thurgau, Kerner, Schoenburger. It has a bit of a mineral tink The more you drink the more you like it 88
Wild Goose Autum 2010 A beautifully blended wine. Well balanced flavours a good finish Perfect for the summer patio 86
Lang Vineyards White Maple Delcious dessert wine.. perfect sweetness 88

Do you wish to have your wines reviewed !

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wines of 2011

 

based on Robert Parker's 100 Point system
Some wines reviews are based on collective opinions not solely B &B Bells

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