A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 820: Pentâge Winery, Penticton, BC

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Pentâge Fizz Blanc 2020
Ehrenfleser and Gewurztraminer, Palest straw in colour with a lime tint; aromatic, lilac and citrus bouquet; light-bodied, on the dry side of off-dry; crisp grapefruit, peach and lychee flavours. Refreshing. (89)

Pentâge Rosé 2020
A field blend of 10 different varieties. Deep pink colour; minerally, strawberry/raspberry nose; medium-bodied, dry, raspberry and cranberry flavours with a flinty note, carried on lively acidity. (90)

Pentâge Syrah 2016
Deep purple in colour; cedary, herbal nose of blackberries with oak spice; medium to full-bodied, dry, savoury, black olive and black fruit flavours with well-integrated oak and balancing acidity. (89)

Pentâge Merlot 2016
Mature ruby colour; toasty, spicy, blueberry nose; medium to full-bodied, dry, richly extracted black plum and blueberry flavours; well-balanced with a firm finish of pliant tannins. (90)

Pentâge Pinot Noir 2018
Light ruby in colour; cherry pit bouquet with oak spice notes; medium-bodied, dry, lean and sinewy raspberry and cranberry flavours with a fresh acidic finish. (89)

Pentâge Hiatus Red 2015
A blend of 50% Petite Sirah, 22% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc, 4% Mourvèdre, 4% Zinfandel. Opaque purple in colour; cedary, sweet oak, plum and blackcurrant bouquet; medium to full-bodied, dry, lightly spicy, blackberry and black plum flavours; firmly structured and well-balanced. (90)

Other wines tasted:

Sea Sun Pinot Noir 2019 (California, $24.95, Vintages #16027)
Deep purple colour; lightly cedary, toasty nose; medium to full-bodied, spicy, toasty sweet plum flavour. Richly extracted, fleshy and full of flavour but lacking in elegance. (88.5)

Fancy Farm Girl Flirty Bubbles 2020 (Ontario)
Bright pink in colour; strawberry bouquet, medium-bodied, just off-dry, strawberry and redcurrant flavours with balancing acidity. (88)

Fancy Farm Girl Frosty Fizz 2020 (Ontario)
A blend of Vidal and Riesling. Pale straw in colour; apple nose; light-bodied off-dry, apple and gooseberry flavours. (88.5)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 819: Henry of Pelham and a Great Golf Club Dinner

Dean MacLean at work

Tasted six wines from Henry of Pelham and one from South Africa: Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 818: Thomas Bachelder’s “Toussaints” Release

Thomas Bachelder with his Chardonnay magnums

Rick VanSickle and I were invited to Bachelder’s Bat Cave for a tasting of his Toussaint 2019 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, released on November 1st.

CHARDONNAY “LIEUX-DITS” from East to West:

Bachelder 2019 Chardonnays

Bachelder Willms Vineyard 1983 Plantation “East-Side” Chardonnay 2019  (Four-Mile Creek, $47.95)
Bright straw colour; toasty, spicy nose of vanilla, apple and green pineapple; richly extracted toasty flavours of baked apple; lovely mouth-feel. (91) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 817: Fogolar Wines

Fogolar wines

I tasted some wines from Fogolar in Niagara: Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 816: Grapes for Humanity Auction Bidding Closes Monday Night

Cave Spring action dinner wines

GRAPES FOR HUMANITY WINEMAKER DINNERS BY AUCTION AT IRONGATEAUCTIONS.COM. Bidding closes October 18th at 9 pm.

This is the first auction item in the catalogue:

CAVE SPRING VINEYARD – DINNER FOR 8.
Host: Len Pennachetti, Owner and Member of the Order of Canada
Canoe Restaurant, Thursday, February 10, 2022, 7 pm
Exceptional collection of 6 wines received as part of your auction lot will be tasted with the winemaker. Or Len will pour the same 6 exceptional wines received as part of your auction lot.

Here is a list of wines the winning bidder will receive and will be paired with the menu at Canoe Restaurant’s private dining room. I had the opportunity to pre-taste them and here are my notes: Continue reading

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