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November Tasting Notes

Our unique tasting notes built for our club members.

Hester Creek Character Red 2016


This estate blend is unique to Hester Creek. Our Character Red includes a Northern Italian Merlot clone grown on our estate since 1968, that lends it an Old World, saddle-leather softness alongside heady notes of white pepper, violet and allspice. This wine pairs perfectly with earthy, cool-weather dishes: think sautéed wild mushrooms or a deeply flavoured stew.

88 Points ~ Wine Scores

Inniskillin Zinfandel


This wine displays beautiful red-violet in colour with intense ripe berry aromas on the nose complemented by hints of spicy oak. On the palate, it has a great concentration of red fruits; cherry and prune. This is a rich, full bodied wine with a long smooth finish.

00 Points ~ Anthony Gismondiz

Rust Wine Co. Cabernet Franc 2016


Classic cool climate Cabernet Franc with bright raspberry flavours with herbaceous notes. Grapes were sourced from Lost Horn Vineyard, Okanagan Falls, aged 13 months in French oak.

87 Points ~ Anthony Gismondi

Tinhorn Cabernet Franc 2016


The 2016 vintage is dark purple in the glass reveals a young wine with plenty of structure and deep colour. Elevated nose with black fruit, sage, soy and cedar. Vibrant palate with sweet fresh cherries, red and black berries, and mocha. Great balance of freshness and power, with a long warm finish.

91 Points ~ John Schreiner

Hester Creek Merlot Block 2 Reserve 2014


This rich and poised red wine unlocks a bouquet of dark cherry, fennel, winter spice, and sweet oak. The palate opens with a big fruit forward entry, accompanied by smoked meat, malt, sage & thyme. The long full finish reveals distinct cinnamon and clove. Pair our matured Merlot with rib eye or warm winter stew & dumplings. Enjoy it now, or cellar it for up to seven years.

C.C. Jentsch Syrah 2015


Juicy with aromas of dark fruit, dark chocolate, toffee, smoked sandalwood and the sweet spiciness of clove, vanilla, and eucalyptus. Aged in barrel for 16 months this Syrah bursts with rich flavours on both palate and nose, offering great balance, velvety tannins and a long finish. Great for pairing with grilled steak or scallops, cured meats and rich pasta meals. Perfect with aged hard cheese.

91 points ~ Natalie MacLean, John Steeves

Gehringer Brothers Dry Rock Vineyards Chardonnay 2017


Chardonnay’s slow and cool fermentation with extended sur lie development, contributes to its complexity and creamy texture. Distinctive nuances pear and pineapple show on the palate. A great social and food wine. Ideal with salads and seafood though it will also pair well with today's lighter foods.

Double Gold, Best of Class - Indy International Wine Competition Gold - Northwest Wine Summit Silver - 6th Annual Cascadia Wine Competition Silver - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Tinhorn Gewürztraminer 2017


Yellow in colour with an emerald hue. The nose is loaded with tropical fruit, banana, pineapple, papaya and lychee and the next whiff shows ginger, bubble gum and flowers. Not as sweet or viscous as the 2016 but still plenty of power here with similar mandarin and more bubblegum but with a slight grip in the finish, should age gracefully.

90 points ~ John Shreiner, 2018 Silver - All Canadian Wine Championships 2018 Honours - Intervin International Wine Awards 2018

Tinhorn Pinot Gris 2017


Straw yellow colour and beautiful clarity. The nose is very youthful and jumps out with banana and papaya. Honey and lemon mingle with pear and honeydew melon. The palate is focused and precise, with more refreshing citrus-driven acidity than in 2016. Tropical fruit in the mid-palate and crisp lingering finish. This wine screams for shellfish.

88 points ~ Anthony Gismondi, 2018

Church & State Trebella 2016


Vibrant yellow and straw in colour, this wine offers a complex array of aromas including lemon crème, nectarine, vanilla and some notes of herbal tea and acacia flowers. On the palate, the flavours are framed in a smooth creamy mouthfeel that is rich and generously textured. Flavours of yeast, honey and lanolin can be found along with notes of toasty oak. A firm core of vibrant acidity holds everything together. This interesting wine will pair well with rich seafood dishes such as halibut, crab bisque, risotto, and most west coast cuisine. Its elegance will compliment, rather than dominate, foods with subtle flavours.

91 points ~ Wine Enthusiast Gold, InterVin International Wine Awards, 2012 Best White Blend, Wine Align World Wine Awards, 2013 Best White Blend, Wine Align World Wine Awards, 2012 Platinum, National Wine Awards of Canada, 2014 Best Rhone Blend, All-Canadian Wine Championships, 2017

Tinhorn Chardonnay 2017


Its golden hue shows the barrel fermentation components and gentle aging of this wine. Nose is full of spice and tropical fruit, with hints of honey, minerals and lime. Palate is rich and textured with biscotti and graham cracker, before quickly shifting to plum skin and lemon zest in the bright long finish.

Honours - Intervin International Wine Awards 2018

Culmina Decora 2016


Harvested from the 6th crop of Riesling on Margaret’s Bench, and Latin for pretty or fine, Decora is an intensely aromatic Riesling that whets the palate with mouth-watering acidity. Showing delicate spice, floral, and stone fruit aromas, Decora displays pronounced flavours of citrus, mineral, and stone fruit, creating a wine of outstanding vivacity, delicacy, elegance, and style.

91 points ~ Beppi Crosariol, 2018, Globe & Mail