Following up on our recommendations for B.C. whites, we thought since Canada Day is coming up we might as well include some reds, too!
Here are six of our favourites we’ll be sipping for Canada’s 150.
JoieFARM 2014 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Why stop at only one pinot noir? Big fan of almost every bottling that comes from JoieFARM, and the pinot noir is no exception. Leafy vegetable, cane, blueberries and cherry fruits on the nose, while the palate is a little more Cotes du Beaune. Earthy, black fruit on the palate would be an exceptional pairing with braised meats or if you can swing it, some bison. CSPC +760429 $29-30
McWatters Collection 2013 Meritage, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
A meritage blend (much like a Bordeaux blend) centered around cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc, with plump, generous fruit tones on the nose with the smell of well-seasoned old wood, liquorice, and brandied cherries. Well balanced on the palate as well with easy going tannins and a pleasing freshness of fruit. No food required, but a nice hard cheese plate or some charcuterie would be very welcome here. CSPC +789667 around $20-25
Cellar Hand 2015 Punch Down Red, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
The slightly more every day, but still excellent offering from Black Hills, Cellar Hand is a solid red blend-based around cabernets sauvignon and franc with merlot, the nose is all black fruit and savoury spice with a matching palate that has the right sort of tannins to match oh-so-well with your next barbecue, or a spicy, meaty chili….CSPC +750649 Around $20
Tinhorn Creek 2014 Oldfield Reserve Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
I’ve never been quiet about my ongoing love affair with Okanagan cabernet franc, and Tinhorn’s get a lot of love from me. Now going under the Oldfield Reserve name rather than the Oldfield Series with a splashy new label, the nose is wonderfully floral, slightly herbaceous, and spicy, while flavours are ripe, fresh, and showcasing a fine balance from start to finish. I’m looking for burgers or dry rubbed ribs for this little number. CSPC +300327 About $30-35
Tantalus 2014 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
The same terroir and care that goes into the incredible rieslings from Tantalus apply to pinot noir – another grape that often loves a cooler climate too. Lighter colouring in the glass belies those wild cherry aromas with a bit of vegetable leaf and clean turned earth scents. Bright acids matched well against dominant fruits and a long, almost savoury finish. Food hint. Pinot noir goes with anything but here, especially, I’m thinking about duck….CSPC +740495 About $35
Culmina 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Golden Mile Bench, British Columbia
Black as night in the glass, with all the classic cabernet sauvignon aromas such as cedar and cassis, notably though, are all those dark earthy scents with tobacco and a nice leatheriness. Firmly structured with rock hard tannins, either decant well in advance or wait a few years to let the finer points come through. Well-made and showing all sorts of promise even this young. Steak au poivre would be a fine way to enjoy this. CSPC TBD (Expected release in Alberta-Summer)