A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 851: Township 7 in Naramata, Okanagan Valley

Township 7 Pinot Gris 2021
Bright, pale straw colour; minerally, peach pit nose; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, fresh and lively on the palate with a white peach flavour. (90)

Township 7 Benchmark Series Riesling 2019 (Fool’s Gold Estate, North Oliver)
Bright, pale straw colour; minerally, lightly floral, citrus nose with a note of petrol; medium-bodied, dry, grapefruit and green apple flavours; great length. (90)

Township 7 Provenance Series Rosé 2021 (Okanagan Valley)
Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Salmon pink in colour; slightly reductive nose of redcurrants; medium to full-bodied, dry, elegant, Provence style with a rich mouth-feel. (90)

Township 7 Benchmark Series NBO Blue Terrace Vineyard 2019 (Naramata Bench)
2/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/3 Merlot. Deep purple-ruby in colour; cedary, toasty, blackcurrant bouquet with oak spice; full-bodied (14.2% alc.), richly extracted black fruit flavours; firmly structured. (89)

Township 7 Reserve 7 2019 (Blue Terrace Vineyard & Sunshine Acres, North Oliver and Raju Vineyard, South Osoyoos)
50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc. Deep ruby in colour; spicy, toasty nose of black cherry and blackcurrant with a pencil lead note; medium to full-bodied, dry, elegant, plum and cherry flavours; well-integrated oak and supple tannins, carried on lively acidity. A well-balanced wine. (91)

Other wines tasted:

Malivoire Wismer Cabernet Franc 2020 (Twenty Mile Bench, $26.95 – winery only)
Deep purple in colour; plum and vanilla bouquet; full-bodied, dry, fruity, ripe plum and currant flavours with enough tannin to give structure. (88.5)

Skyfall Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (Washington State; $18.95, Vintages #26508; to be released October 22nd)
85% Cabernet Franc, 15% Syrah. Deep purple colour; cedary, vanilla, toasty, black fruits on the nose; juicy plum and blackberry flavours with oak spice and a peppery note. Well-balanced, lovely mouth-feel. Great value. (91)

Other spirit tasted:

Armagnac de Montal 2003 ($109.60, CSPC #11426; to be released in October)
Coppery-amber in colour; lifted bouquet of dried apricot and grilled nuts with vanilla oak spice; rich and full on the palate with flavours of toffee, caramel, tobacco and dried fruits. Lovely mouth feel; sustains well on the palate to a warm, satisfying finish of unconscionable length. (92)

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