October 16 at Monterey Recreation Centre in Oak Bay.
The group used a 100 points rating.
90+ = Solid wine. Well worth buying. You will like it.
80+ = Tasty and above average. Recommended.
70+ = Simple, drinkable everyday wine.
Mission Hill Pinot Gris 2016
This is a very good example of Pinot Gris from our backyard, the Okanagan Valley. Very enjoyable.
Beaujolais Régnie Maison des Bulliats 2015
Rediscover Beaujolais with this delicious wine. Medium-bodied, pack with red berries, plums, well-balanced with a velvety finish. An interesting note: the first vines of Régnié were planted by Reginus, a Roman nobleman.
Rodney Strong Chardonnay 2014 and Christian Moreau Chablis 2014 – oak vs no-oak
These two great producers are from very different corners of the wine making world, France and United States, yet they share a deep understanding of the art of ‘Chardonnay wine’.
Rodney Strong – Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak offering toasty vanilla and spice. Full-bodied with a creamy palate, and sweet apple and pear flavours.
Christian Moreau – The winemaking and aging are all done in stainless steel vats. This is a well-balanced, fresh, elegant young Chablis offering generous green apple and pear flavours.
Escorihuela Malbec 1884, 2016
This captivating and delicious red was a favourite of the group because of the terrific quality/price ratio (under $20). Everything you would want from an Argentinean Malbec .
Serafino Shiraz 2014
This wine is rich and concentrated, with aromas of plums, blackberry, blueberry, spices, and soft tannins. Simply yummy!
Chateau Sergant, Lalande de Pomerol 2010 – Sterling Merlot, Napa Valley 2012 – France vs US
Chateau Sergant – This Merlot-based wine with a bit of Cabernet was smooth with cooked dark berries, hint of vanilla, and fruit cake flavours. Drink now.
Sterling – This easy drinking Merlot offers a plush mouthfeel with ripe red fruit, toast and spice notes. A perfect Christmas gift.