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Black Widow Winery

In 2000 Dick & Shona Lancaster found their perfect location on the the Okanagan's Naramata Bench opening the winery in 2006. It was not until 2008 with the completion of their home that they made the final move from Langley to Naramata.

It is a family affair with their three children assisting in the wineries growth. Their daughter Shannon joined full-time for the 2011 crush as assistant winemaker.

The winery specializes in single vineyard small lot releases. 7.25 acre Estate sits on a steep slope adjacent to Naramata Road. This provides dramatic views of the region and an ideal micro-climate for growing many varieties of grapes. Proximity to the lake on the west and rock bluffs to the east contribute to a long, frost-free growing season. The northern desert micro-climate, southwest sloping exposure, rocky soils, and low tonnage viticulture combine to produce complex wines from fully ripened grapes

Black Widow came home with 4 medals from the All Canadian Championship. their Pinot Gris won a PLATINUM medal and the Oasis a DOUBLE GOLD at Wine Press Northwest

Black Widow can proud of the wines produced from their Naramata Estate.

Wine Reviews ( provided by John Schreiner)

Black Widow Pinot Gris 2012 ($19.90 for 750 cases). This crisp and focused wine has aromas and flavours of citrus, pear and apple. 90
Black Widow Oasis 2012 ($21.90 for 500 cases). This is a blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Schönburger. It delivers a luscious mouthful of tropical fruits, along with apple and pear flavours. 90.
Black Widow Gewürztraminer 2012 ($22.90 for 150 cases). The wine is packed with flavour of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee with delicate spice on the finish and a touch of sweetness on the finish. 90.
Black Widow Schönburger 2012 ($24.90 for 90 cases).  There are abundant flavours of tropical fruit with spice on the nose and the finish. 90.
Black Widow Syrah Rosé 2012 ($21.90 for 275 cases). The wine begins with a striking dark hue. On the nose, there are aromas of strawberry and raspberry, leading to a palate of plum and black cherry, with a dry finish. 91.
Black Widow Phobia 2011 ($24.90 for 200 cases). This is an intriguing blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Merlot.  It is a generous wine, with aromas and flavours of coffee, pepper, plum and raspberries. 91.

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