Monte Creek Ranch Winery Spring Release Wines For Your Enjoyment

The Monte Creek Ranch Winery is located just east of Kamloops in the new GI of the Thompson Valley.  A region with cold winters, requires hardy grapes.  Monte Creek Ranch has a variety of red and white hybrid grapes that can stand these winters.  I talk about these grapes in the tasting notes for the wines.  And they also grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The winery has purchased land in the Similkameen Valley near Keremeos, where they will be planting Chardonnay and Merlot in 2018, so maybe in 2021 or 2022, we will see our first harvest of these grapes and subsequent wines.

I’ve been tasting their wines for a few years already and I can say that the wines that they produce do taste different from the Okanagan as well as the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.  In part due to the different grape varieties they use, and also I think the slightly warmer summer weather.  Let me tell you about their latest Spring release of wines.

My Tasting Notes

Monte Creek Ranch Chardonnay Reserve 2016 (Winery price $24.99) – Medium lemon colour in the glass.  Medium intensity nose with aromas of lees, citrus, and light vanilla and oak.  With decanting the lees component decreases and you get a note of honey.  The wine is dry and round with medium plus acidity.  Lees, roasted pineapple and other tropical fruits, citrus, in particular lemon, oak, and roasted apple flavours.  There is also a touch of butterscotch and leafiness.  With decanting the lees flavour diminished, the leafiness disappeared and the wine had a smoother mouthfeel.  Medium plus length with some pepperiness on the finish.  With decanting you pick up some butterscotch on the finish and the pepperiness diminishes.

4 stars4.5 stars  Decanting helps open this oaked Chardonnay a bit adding a few more aromatic and flavour notes, and making it a bit softer.

Monte Creek Ranch Hands Up White 2017 (Winery price $15.99) – A blend of 61% Frontenac Blanc, 23% La Crescent, and 17% Frontenac Gris.  These are all hybrid grapes developed at the University of Minnesota and are cold tolerant, which is very useful for our cold winters in the interior of BC.  This wine is medium plus pear skin in colour.  It has a medium intensity nose with aromas of ranges, honey, pears and ripe, roasted pineapples, and a hint of banana.  It is off-dry, round, with medium pus body and medium plus flavour intensity.  Very ripe fruit flavours; pineapple, pear and Delicious apples.  A hint of blossom.  Spiciness throughout mixed with an acidic prickle on your tongue.  Medium plus length finishing with mouthwatering acidity, tart tropical fruit, honey, pear skin and some green fruits.  Also a bit of pepperiness on the finish.

4 stars A unique white blend with a very thick round mouthfeel with lots of flavourful ripe tropical fruits on the palate.

Monte Creek Ranch Riesling 2017 (Winery price $17.49) – I am partial to Riesling and this was my favourite wine of the lineup that I tasted.  This wine has a medium lemon colour in the glass.  Medium intensity nose, with aromas of lemon, lees, floral, pear, with a hint of green fruit behind.  With decanting you get stone fruit aromas and some toastiness on the nose.  The wine is off-dry with higher acidity and a thick, round mouthfeel.  Upon first tasting this wine the salty minerality was the first thing I noted, but with decanting the minerality diminishes substantially.  Primarily flavours of stone fruit and pears with a lesser amount of citrus, blossom and a hint of leafiness.  With decanting you get a green edge; pine needle and toast.  The wine has a medium plus length, finishing with mouthwatering acidity, tart citrus fruit, stone fruits and honey.  The salty minerality picks up on the finish.  There is also some pepperiness on the finish.  I like this wine better without decanting, so open and enjoy.

4.5 stars A good quality Riesling, medium bodied that has nice stone fruit and citrus aromas and flavours, and a salty mineral component.

Monte Creek Ranch Riesling, Hands Up White, and Chardonnay Reserve wines
Monte Creek Ranch Riesling, Hands Up White, and Chardonnay Reserve wines

Monte Creek Ranch Pinot Noir 2016 (Winery price $19.99) –  Clear, medium plus garnet in colour.  Medium plus aroma intensity displaying toast, red fruits, tea leaves and bramble.  With decanting the bramble becomes more pronounced.  The wine is dry with medium acidity and lighter tannins.  Medium body, round mouth feel.  Flavours of tea leaves, red fruits, and raspberries, along with a floral edge and a hint of salty minerality behind the fruit flavours.  These flavours continue with decanting. Also a hint of black currant leaves.  Medium plus length finishing with floral, tea leaves and tart red fruit, with black tea tannic finish.  The tea leaves become more prominent and floral less prominent on the finish with decanting.

4.5 stars A pretty, elegant Pinot Noir with red fruits and tea leaves on the nose and palate.  Decanting not necessary.

Monte Creek Ranch Rosé 2017 (Winery price $17.49) – This wine is made with a North American hybrid grape known as Marquette.  The grape was developed at the University of Minnesota and is cold hardy. This wine is medium intensity vibrant rhubarb colour with an orange tinge.  Medium plus aroma intensity showing rhubarb, red fruits, and possibly a herbaceous note and some acetone.  The wine is dry, thick and round in your mouth.  Medium acidity.  Tart red fruit and rhubarb flavours with steeliness in the background.  Medium plus length finishing with tart red fruit, rhubarb and steeliness.  With decanting you get some bitterness on the finish.

4 stars Intense aromas and flavours for this Rose wine from Monte Creek Ranch.  Rhubarb and red fruits.

Monte Creek Ranch Hands Up Red 2016 (Winery price $16.99)  – This wine is a blend of 82% Merlot, 8% Marquette, 8% Frontenac Noir, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.  It is deep garnet in colour, but still translucent to the core.  Lighter intensity, youthful aromas of red fruits, vanilla, and hints of toast and red cherries.  With decanting, the vanilla and red fruits are diminished, and you get black fruit aromas as well as a hint of capsicum on the nose. The wine is dry with medium tannins and medium plus acidity. Medium body and medium plus flavour intensity.  The medium plus acidity is not very noticeable due to the intensity of the fruit flavours and the heavier, round mouthfeel of this wine.  Flavours of red cherries, raspberries, floral, and vanilla, along with salty minerality on the mid-palate.  With decanting, the capsicum flavour becomes more prominent and you get black fruit flavours.  The wine has a medium length, finishing with tart red fruit and floral; a bit puckering finish.  Capsicum and dark fruits are stronger on the finish with decanting.  I’d recommend drinking this wine as soon as it is opened.

4 stars A round, heavier wine with red fruit and floral aromas and flavours that I’d recommend to try with grilled sausages.  The higher acidity of the wine is hidden by the fruit flavours, but is there to balance out the fattiness of grilled sausages.

Monte Creek Ranch Pinot Noir, Rose, and Hands Up Red wines
Monte Creek Ranch Pinot Noir, Rose, and Hands Up Red wines

Where Can I Buy These Wines?

Monte Creek Ranch does offer sales of their wines through their Buy Wine web page.  If you live in the lower mainland or the Fraser Valley, the list below shows all the shops that carry Monte Creek Ranch’s wines:

  • VQA Sumas Mountain Wines
  • Whatcom Wine & Spirits
  • Hot Springs Liquor Store
  • Aldergrove Liquor Store
  • Bainbridge Liquor Store
  • Bottle Jockey – Burnaby
  • Great Bear Beer & Wine
  • Hop & Vine Liquor Store
  • VQA Kensington Wines
  • Garrison Wine & Liquor Store
  • Boulevard Casino
  • John B Beer and Wine Store
  • Roo’s Private LIquor Store
  • VQA Westwood Wines
  • Woody’s Beer and WIne Store
  • Ladner’s Landing B&W
  • River House Pub
  • Speed’s Liquor Store
  • Sunshine Hills LRS
  • VQA Mud Bay Wines
  • Beatnicks Bistro
  • Berezan Liquor & Beer Store Langley
  • Jimy Mac’s Wine and Beer Store
  • Langley Liquor Store
  • Murrayville BW Store
  • Sharks Beer and Wine Store-langley
  • Town Centre Liquor Store
  • VQA Wine Emporium
  • Willoughby Liquor Store
  • Black Sheep Liquor Store
  • Firefly Fine Wines & Ales Ltd
  • Fox’s Reach Liquor Store
  • Haney Hotel Liquor Store
  • Maple Ridge Liquor Store
  • Office Liquor Store
  • Outpost Liquor Store
  • Witch of Endor Beer & Wine Store
  • City Hall Liquor Store
  • Mission Springs Beer & Wine
  • Sisto River LRS
  • Luckys Liquor Store
  • 8th Street LRS
  • Pacific Liquor Store – New Westminster
  • Spirits of Mt. Seymour
  • VQA Edgemont Village Wine
  • Firehall Bistro
  • Pitt Meadows Beer & Wine Store
  • Arms Liquor Store
  • Gillnetter Pub Liquor Store
  • Select Liquor Store
  • Port Moody Liquor Store
  • Bridgeport Liquor Store
  • Fogg N Sudds YVR
  • Malones Liquor Store
  • Pioneer Beer & Wine Store
  • River Rock Casino Resort
  • Tugboat Annie’s Pub
  • VQA Sip Wines
  • West Coast Liquor Co YVR
  • Brewsters Liquor Store
  • Central City Brewing Company
  • Citrus Pub & Grill
  • Clayton Liquor Store
  • Cloverdale Station Liquor Store
  • Guildford Station Beer and Wine
  • Pacific Liquor Store – Fleetwood
  • Robin Hood Liquor Store
  • Samz Liquor Store
  • Tudor LRS
  • VQA Price Smart Foods Int
  • VQA Save On Foods South Point
  • VQA Swirl White Rock
  • Waterstone Lounge LRS (Berezan)
  • Liquor Quicker
  • Caffe Barney
  • Eldorado B & W
  • Granville Island Hotel (Dockside Rest)
  • Hastings Liquor Store
  • Jimmys Cold Beer & Wine Store
  • Kitsalano Liquor Store
  • Legacy Liquor Store
  • Lennox Liquor Store
  • Liberty Wine Merchants
  • Pacific Spirits Wine Cellar
  • Sheraton Vancouver Fine Spirits
  • Speakeasy on Broadway
  • St Regis Fine Wine & Spirits
  • Value On Liquor Store
  • Viti Wine & Lagers
  • VQA Swirl Yaletown
  • VQA Village Wines – Kitsilano
  • VQA Village Wines Dunbar
  • West End Liquor Store
  • Westin Grand Hotel
  • Winking Judge Pub
  • 16th Street Liquor Store
  • Whiterock Liquor Store
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