We’ll jump right into the fray with a Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon.
On the nose there is a degree of creaminess and lots of vanilla indicative of a judicious use of oak. There is a load of black cherry, coconut, blueberry pie and cranberry sauce. On the palate there are moderate and broad-based tannins. A deep cut of blueberry with noticeable minerality and a pleasantly long finish. Despite the 13.9% alcohol content it is well built into the fruit and oak. It is a wine you really can’t go wrong with and at its price I’ll take it, and most British Columbia reds over their Californian counterparts. I would think it might improve over the next three years. If there are still Prime Rib roast beef and Yorkshire pudding eaters out there for their Sunday family meal this wine is for you!
(Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Reserve BC VQA Okanagan Valley, Mission Hill Family Estate, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, $29.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 553321, 750 mL, 13.9%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Tol Me Rating 92/100)
Here is the “second wine” from the iconic Osoyoos Larose. It is a Bordeaux style red with a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The nose is full of red fruit like plum, cherry and blackberry. There are moderate tannins and controlled acidity. On the palate I would say this is classic Bordeaux with tightly structured fruit shy and discrete and it needs two or three years in the bottle to open up. Notes of raspberry and red cherry and other fruits lurking and waiting for some time to emerge. The wine is young a term I rarely use in today’s world of immediately approachable wine. You may like a wine to be completely ready to drink and if that is the case this wine is not for you but if you have a cool and dark place to store it I will repeat myself give it three more years in the bottle. While is would suit roast beef or lamb I would like to try with spicy tomato soup made with coconut milk. This is more French than French if you know what I mean.
(Osoyoos Larose Pétales 2016, BC VQA Okanagan Valley, Osoyoos Larose, Osoyoos, British Columbia, $29.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 276741, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me Rating 90/100).