Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Inniskillin Okanagan Dark Horse Estate Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2007 is a single vineyard offering from the Golden Mile in the South Okanagan. The South Okanagan is one of my favourite places in the world, and you can see why:
The Golden Mile, South Okanagan
This is a case where (to my taste) a bossy alcohol level gets in the way of a very pretty wine. There is so much good here -- a delicate nose with peach, blossom, and mineral notes, followed by a very complex bouquet of flavours that includes rose petal, lemon, sweet anise, lavender, and hints at a whole lot more. But the alcohol is like the guy sitting in front of you in the theatre, who's just a little to tall to keep from obstructing your view, and keeps shifting in his seat so you can't quite see around him.
My honey and I had it with roasted peppers stuffed with goat cheese, quinoa, green chile, tomato, black bean, and corn -- it paired perfectly. We just couldn't quite get past the heat of the alcohol.
I know zippo about wine making, of course, and it's possible that they simply couldn't bring out all those terrific flavours without the high alcohol content. So perhaps we just have to take the good with the bossy!