I declare our trip south to be a success! We visited with Young & Wyse, Moon Curser, Nk’Mip and See Ya Later Ranch. We’ll get to Meyer Family Vineyards another time.
I found lots of gems to bring home. I picked-up a couple of bottles each at Young & Wyse and Mooncurser. And a case each at Nk’Mip and See Ya Later. We had great service at each location. It is refreshing to get out and find people that still care about the customer’s experience. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of venison burgers on Nk’Mip’s lovely patio. We just missed the rain that had been there and the rain that was to come so the patio was basically open long enough for us to enjoy lunch, perfection! The sun even shone a little bit – it does exist! (We’ve had a wet June in the Okanagan.)
It’s tough to pick one bottle to highlight but here we go!
Young & Wyse Black Label 33*30*24*13 – 2009 $31.90
If you guessed the name of this wine represents the blend held within the bottle, well, you’d be correct! Our host opened this bottle just so we could have a taste. I got a lot of coffee and mocha off this blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. It is a nicely structured wine with a velvety mouth-feel and very tasty fruit notes interwoven on the finish. I look forward to enjoying this liquid puppy with BBQ at some point this summer.
Moon Curser Tempranillo – 2010 $29.00
I love, love, love the artwork that Moon Curser uses. It is a total perk that I also really enjoy their wines. This Tempranillo has some excellent red cherry and tobacco notes with some stewed fruit thrown in for added yummy-ness. (No, not literally added in!) The soft tannins make this a great sipper all on it’s own. It took all my efforts to ensure I only bought wine and not the really nifty bamboo tee that feature the very cool label designs.
Nk’Mip Qwam Qwmt Syrah – 2008 $34.99
Mmmm blueberries, plum, and vanilla. While this wine can age a few more years it is tasting absolutely great right now. It has a nice deep colour and hints of spicey and peppery notes. I could have brought 12 of these bad boys home but liked the other wines lots as well so the case slots had to be shared with other bottles of excellence like Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a bottle of Merlot thrown in for good measure!
See Ya Later Ranch Ping – 2009 $27.99
I love Ping. It is a great bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Lots of blackberry and cherry can be found in this wine. The wine is aged in a combo of French and American oak for 19 months in a 60/40 split. It has just enough Cab Franc in the blend to give it some added complexity without taking away from the structure of the Cab Sauv and the fruitiness of the Merlot. I’d love to enjoy this bottle with some Lamb after another year or two – though it is perfectly drinkable right this moment.
My picking two blends and two single varietals was not on purpose, I just divvy out the cards where my taste buds tell me to. We did pick-up a fair amount of whites on this trip as well but since whites tend to be a what everyone talks about when the summer heat hits, I picked my red faves which also happen to be my overall faves.
We came home after our day of wine tripping and I let my driver pick-out our dinner bottle. He chose our last bottle of Sparkling Rosé. I sabred the bottle in the back yard and we spent the evening relaxing!