Clear, pale gold with a slight green tint. Clean, medium intensity citrus, green apple, and floral-spice nose. Off-dry, high acidity, and light bodied, dominated by stone fruit and a strong minerality; Okanagan fruit comes through. Good length. Overall very good; one of the better BC Rieslings I’ve had. 12.2% alcohol; $28 at Steamworks Wine Thief. See Tantalus Vineyards (warning: Flash site).
I look forward to trying the 2010 old vines if it is produced; I really liked the 2008.
Clear, medium purple with a ruby-garnet rim. Clean, medium intensity earth and cherry nose. Dry, middle acidity and tannins; medium body. Palate has a hint of green pepper and damp earth but is dominated by raspberry and cherry notes and tasteful oaking. Medium-plus length with a slightly spicy-peppery finish. Overall very good. 12.5% alcohol. $46 at Liberty Wine Merchants. See Domaine A.F. Gros.
Clear, pale gold appearance. Clean, light-plus intensity pineapple, citrus and sage nose. Dry with a hint of residual sweetness; mostly grapefruit, lemon and pear in the mouth, with a touch of a floral quality; high acidity muting on the finish. Light body. Medium length. Straightforward, good overall. 12.9% alcohol. $22.90 at Crosstown. See Stag’s Hollow.
I enjoyed the 2009. This one is a clear, pale gold in the glass. Clean, intense nose of grapefruit, banana, and a background vegetal aroma. Dry, high acidity, with a light body. Citrus and mineral dominate, with spicy and floral notes; medium length lemon finish. 13.5% alcohol. A very good NZ Sauvignon Blanc; recommended. See Spy Valley Wine, and the winemaker’s notes. $24 at Steamworks Wine Thief.