Nk’Mip 2013 Dreamcatcher

This is a blend of Riesling (73.3%) and Chenin Blanc. Pale gold, medium-whiff citrus and sage. Off-dry, high acidity, intense lemon and apricot, distinct from the aroma. Full body. Good length. Very nice overall. I want to try their (100%) Riesling.

$20.90 at Crosstown.

I visited Nk’Mip Cellars in Osoyoos last summer and it’s a worthwhile trip.


Meyer 2013 Riesling

I visited Meyer August 9, 2014 and picked up two bottles of this Riesling along with a couple of their great Pinot Noir releases. It’s well worth visiting their tasting room.

This Riesling is their first, and produced in small quantity; I believe it is only available at Meyer. It’s clear, light gold in the glass, with medium intensity aromas of citrus and minerals, along with subtle ripe apricot. Off-dry, strong but well-balanced acidity, and a medium body. Stone fruits dominate; there is a lemony acidity which develops nicely in the finish; this wine has good length. Overall very good; I’m looking forward to future vintages. 11.5% alcohol. About $20 at Meyer.

See also the winemaker’s release notes and tasting sheet (PDF).


Tightrope Riesling 2012

Clear, pale gold in the glass. Medium nose of citrus and apple with a slight floral quality. Dry, strong acidity, light-to-medium body. Lemon, mineral, tart apple. Good length, with a crisp though slightly muted finish. 12.6% alcohol. Overall good.

$27 at Steamworks Wine Thief. See Tightrope Winery.


Blue Mountain Pinot Gris 2010

Clear, almost-medium golden appearance. Light floral-lemon-grass nose. Dry, high acidity, medium body. Citrus, particularly lemon, dominates; a background of floral notes with a hint of residual sweetness. Good length. 14% alcohol, but not as apparent as it might be; nicely balanced with the fruit and sharp acidity. A solid Pinot Gris; overall good and recommended. $25 (though advertised on the shelf at $30) at Crosstown. See Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars.

Blue Mountain Pinot Gris 2010

8th Generation Riesling Classic 2011

Clear, pale gold in the glass. Almost-medium intensity nose of citrus and dry grass. Just off-dry, high acidity, medium body. Very sharp citrus flavours, particularly lemon and grapefruit; sweetness and a hint of stone fruit. Lingering acidity in the medium-plus length. Overall good: not complex and the tart acidity and citrus is a bit overpowering. Enjoyable, but not as much of a standout as some of their previous efforts (see my notes on the 200620072008, and 2009). 11.9% alcohol. $25 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar. See 8th Generation Vineyard and their notes on this vintage.

8th Generation Riesling Classic 2011

Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2010

Clear, medium ruby red with a hint of purple. Clean, medium intensity nose of cherry and oak with some vegetal overtones: straightforward but appealing. Dry, medium-plus acidity, and light tannins; medium body. Cherry and sour cherry, some appealing wood notes, and spices. A medium length finish; not complex but nicely balanced. Overall good; recommended. 14% alcohol.

$30 at Crosstown. See Blue Mountain Winery (warning: some Flash).

Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2010

Dirty Laundry 2011 Riesling

Clear, very very pale gold in the glass. Clean, medium-plus intensity citrus, particularly grapefruit, and a hint of pear. Just off-dry, high acidity and light body. More green fruit on the palate with crisp apple and pear, along with lemon and minerals. Hints of residual sugar come through in subtle stone fruit through a medium-length finish. 12.3% alcohol. Overall good; recommended, particularly at the price: $21.50 (at Crosstown). See also my notes on the 2010, and the winemaker’s notes.

Dirty Laundry 2011 Riesling