My Wine Tasting Notes
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2019 (BC $24.99)
Their 2019 Pinot Noir is a single block from their Lazy RiverVineyard in South Cawston (Similkameen Valley).
Nose: A medium-plus nose with a mix of sweet spices, toast, red fruits, smokiness, red cherries and some candied red cherries. Plus a touch of roses and violets with air. With decanting I get lots of floral, plus more nutmeg and red fruit aromas, plus some tea leaves.
Palate: Dry, soft and round with a light mouthfeel. Medium acidity and minimal tannins. I did pick up a very light prickle on my tongue, which was very interesting to me. Bright fruit flavours covering red cherries and red fruits, plus light floral and oak. You get more bright acidity with decanting, along with some toastiness and smoke, plus red fruit and floral. That prickle still was there with decanting.
Finish: A medium length with a light, dry finish. No major tannins. Red fruits, candied cherries, oak and a touch of floral. You get some pepperiness with decanting, along with more floral and red cherries, and no candied cherries.
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery SUMMIT 2018 (BC $59.99)
From the winery, “A blend of our top blocks from estate-grown fruit in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys – Lost Horn, South Rock, and Lazy River Vineyards. These blocks are cropped at 3 tons an acre or less, handpicked, hand sorted, and patiently aged in our cellar in a concentrated effort to capture these exceptional terroirs. The individual varietal components are aged for 13 months in 100% French Oak (35% new). Then the very best barrels are blended together and allowed to age a further 11 months in neutral French oak concentrating the intense aromas and flavours of cassis, black and red fruits, fresh tobacco, cracked black pepper, cedar, and distinct minerality.“
I believe this almost-Bordeaux blend is a mix of Merlot 43%, Cabernet Franc 28%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Syrah 7%, and Malbec 2%. Can you guess which grape is not part of Bordeaux?
Nose: A medium-minus intensity nose with deep aromas of ripe blackberries and black fruits, and a mix of cinnamon and nutmeg. A cedar scent was quite evident with decanting, along with the black fruits, sweet spices, and now some chocolate.
Palate: Dry and smooth with a light mouthfeel, which gets bigger and rounder with some swirling. Very light, fine-grained tannins plus light acidity. Cassis, blackberries, black fruit and black plums flavours plus touches of oak and vanilla. Sweet, ripe fruit flavours. With decanting along with these juicy berry flavours you can also add cedar. Overall a nice balance between fruit, acidity and tannins.
Finish: A medium length finishing with ripe black fruits, red cherries, nutmeg and mace, plus a touch of oak and pepperiness. Some (medium) drying tannins.