Robert's Report

Fraser Valley Tour
2014


Backyard Vineyards

This spring my wife and decided to rent a home in Langley Township just a little south east of Langley, BC for the summer. This is an area where most of the Fraser Valley wineries are located. On our first day we stopped by Blackwood Lane and Township7 to purchase a few bottles of wine to add to our empty cellar. We will return to these wineries later for a full report.

Our first official visit (unannounced) was Backyard Vineyards located at 3033 232nd Street, Langley. The winery was originally named Neck of the Woods but was renamed in 2013 to Backyard Vineyards.

Upon entry the wineries tasting room the first thing you notice is something most wineries do not have, seating and tables. Its a very enjoyable way to taste wines.

As we entered we were greeted by Winemaker James Cambridge, one of BC's more experience winemakers. James is a graduate of Niagara College where he completed a fully integrated Oenology/Viticulture Program. He has worked for a number of great wineries, such as Henry of Pelham, Creekside Estate Winery, Summerhill Estate Winery, Le Vieux Pin, LaStella Estate Winery, and Fort Berens. 

We were fortunate to have James guide us through our tasting experience.

2013 Pinot Gris:

A most fleshing wine a clean lingering taste, aromas of pear, melon, lime and a hint of apple and cantaloupe. 88

2013 Rosé

Winemakers have to convince me that they can make a good Rosé with BC grapes, James Cambridge did just that. A light refreshing favourable wine. Barbara also gave this wine high praise. 89

2012 Riesling

A very bright very flavourable wine. The aroma is unique, flowers come to mind.
The wine tasting presented a citrus display, another white wine Barbara really enjoyed, she normally prefers reds over whites. 92

2011 Merlot

Barbara Bell is our resident expert on Merlot and she really like this wine. Its a typical merlot style with a slight pepper twist. Barbara says "awesome." 94

2011 Syrah

Excellent, well balanced, some hints of spice and dark berries Nice acidity. 90

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice light wine for summer patios. dry and elegant, fruity and hearty, but light enough for everyday summertime sipping. The way a Cabsauv should be. 94

2012 Gewürztraminer

It's the way a Gewürztraminer should be made.. the aroma provides notes of lychee, rose petals and sage, the palate offers a wide assortment of exotic fruit with honeydew, kumquat, lychee, figs and fresh lemon without overpowering the wine.
Barbara said its a perfect ten I was not so kind. 96

We strongly recommend you drop by Backyard Vineyards this spring and summer. The tasting room offers a number of cheese plates to go with the wine

Here is one example of what they offer:

Sweet and Savory Tasting Plate                        

Select imported cheese, premium crackers, fresh seasonal fruit, spiced olives, mixed premium nuts, cranberry jalapeno jelly and a sampling of perfectly paired brix chocolate chunks. Along with your choice of wine would make for a great lunch.

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