I visited Waterfront Wines. Their selection of BC wines wasn't huge, but I picked up two bottled that were highly recommended. The first was Tantalus Old Vines Riesling 2005. Waterfront's website quotes these notes:
Planted in 1978, the low yielding vines of this Old Vines Riesling provide a richness and depth of character rarely seen in Canada, let alone BC. The nose is vibrant and fresh with aromas of peach, green apple skin, floral spice and hints of mineral, while the palate is quite dry and crisp, showing peach and granny smith apple flavours, a lime zest note, and hints of mineral and mint on the finish. Of all of BC’s Rieslings, this may have the best ageing potential, given the balance between fruit and alcohol, with high acidity. – Outstanding! This is a great comparison with some of the finest wines form the Clare Valley. This is a great accomplishment from a winery ranked by Jancis Robinson to have produced one of the top 5 wines of 2006.
My assessment: not impressed. For me, this wine was just a punch of sweetness followed by a lot of acid, and with no particular flavours discernible. Could be I'm not much of a Riesling girl, or maybe I just wasn't in good palate that day. Who knows? Probably I just got a bad bottle.
Later this week Annie and I are going to tuck into the second highly recommended bottle from Waterfront, and we'll see how that goes. I'm looking forward to it: the woman nearly drooled when she was talking about it.
And then next month -- actual Okanagan winery visits! I'm taking three days of vacation and will come back with news and photos.