July 19, 2012

SOWF #17: Stoneboat

Stoneboat is one place that I like but Kris always loves, so we rarely skip it when tooling around the south Okanagan. I like everything about this winery, I just seem to find their wines a little on the bland side.

  • Pinot Gris 2010 ($19)

A phenomenal year for whites, 2010 saw slightly cooler temperatures than normal, leading to perfect balance between sugar and flavour development in the Pinot Gris. 20% of this wine was fermented in barrel to round the mouthfeel and to provide a slight creaminess on the palate. The remainder was fermented slowly at cool temperatures to preserve lush aromatics. The 2010 Pinot Gris is brimming with stonefruit, grapefruit and honeysuckle aromas. Peach, pear and citrus burst on the palate, underscored by unabashedly crisp acidity and firm minerality. 

Found this a little thin. 88 points.

  • Chorus 2010 ($18)

Varietals: Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Muller Thurgau, Kerner, Schoenburger. Chorus was created to capture the best traits of our vineyards’ white varietals. Difficult, if not impossible, to replicate in BC, this blend sets the intense aromatics of our old-vines Germanics against a tropical, mineral backdrop of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. A complex, layered wine, Chorus offers lively, fresh tropical and apple aromas with peach and citrus on the palate. Cheerful, juicy, and delicious.

Nice acidity. 89 points.

  • Faux Pas Rosé 2010 ($19)

Our 2008 rose is a saignee of Pinot Noir cold fermented in stainless steel. 2% Pinot Blanc was blended into the wine to balance the Pinot's intense berry characters. With only a touch of residual sugar, this wine derives its richness from the fruit and remains refreshing to the palate. The juice of Pinot Noir berries was allowed only fleeting contact with skins, resulting in a perfumed wine brimming with aromas of berries, cherries and peaches. A hint of sweetness restrained by bright acidity leads into a long, dry and refreshing finish.

Nice! 90 points.

  • Pinot Noir 2009 ($25)

One of our finest vintages, brought about by a long warm summer and beautiful early fall weather with warm days and cool nights. Leaning towards an old world style, this Pinot offers layered aromas of earth, cola, cherry and smoky vanilla, leading to a fresh, rounded palate rich with earthy, slightly mineral flavours of berries and spice. The finish lingers long with plentiful stewed strawberry and a hint of lavender. A tad secretive due to its youth, the 2009 Pinot Noir is showing excellent promise, and will reward those who cellar it for 6-12 months prior to opening.

Oaky, big bouquet, [something illegible]. 88+ points.

  • Duet 2009 ($20)

50% Pinot Noir and 50% Pinotage. Duet is aged in French, American and Hungarian oak for up to 15 months, displaying dark fruit, berries, toffee and vanilla characters. Plump, chewy tannins round out the palate on this inherently approachable wine.

Not bad. Contrary to the first sentence, Kris did not like this one at all. Usually she likes these more than I do. 88 points.

  • Pinotage 2009 ($25)

Because of its mixed parentage of Cinsaut and Pinot Noir, we like to think that the vine's Rhone ancestry helps it thrive in the heat, while its Burgundian roots suit it well to our rocky soils and cool nights. We have only begun to see the potential of this fantastic varietal in the Okanagan. Brambleberries and baking spice are predominant on the nose, followed by signature sweet dark fruits on the palate. Fine, supple tannins frame an exciting streak of mango, blackberry and chai tea flavours, leading to a warm, long finish. A fantastic companion to grilled red meats, sauteed green beans or kale. 

88 points.


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