Four More Whites

22 Jan

Church and State Wines Viognier 2007church-and-state
VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$24.90 Winery Direct

Beautiful and intensely floral nose followed by a creamy peach palate. Some malolactic fermentation adds to the richness. Best BC Viognier I’ve tasted to date. Former Burrowing Owl winemaker Bill Dyer has contributed to a greatly improved portfolio at Church and State, now boasting an impressive range of primarily Okanagan-grown offerings. 89 points – Very Good


Anakena Single Vineyard Riesling 2006
Maule Valley, Chile
$16.99 Everything Wine

Nice concentration and Riesling character, with lime, honey, petrol and crisp acidity. A touch of alcoholic heat and an abrubt finish. 84 points – OK


Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2007
VQA British Columbia
$16.49 Winery Direct

A bright, fruity nose with peach and honey aromas. The palate is crisp and simple, but pleasant. 84 points – OK


Henry’s Drive Vignerons Pillar Box White 2006
Padthaway, Australia
$13.99 Everything Wine, BC Liquor Stores (delisted)

A blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho. Recently reduced from $16.99 and all but sold out in BC. Granny Smith apple, citrus and spicy oak. Not a bad little white for the (new) price, but not really worth seeking out. 82 points – OK

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2 Responses to “Four More Whites”

  1. Nick January 23, 2009 at 07:44 #

    I think you were in a bad mood when you tasted these wines. If you have a bad day at work, don’t take it out on the wines take it out on your wife like I do. Is a “petrol acidity” a good thing. I guess that might be of interest to some people.

    • joe corkscrew January 23, 2009 at 11:24 #

      Good point. Perhaps I should give a bit of background on the Riesling variety:

      Riesling is a very high quality and versatile variety originating in the Rhine region of Germany. It is considered the “noblest” of the white grapes. When young, Riesling wines exhibit pure, fruity aromas of lime, grapefruit, apple, honey and flowers. Riesling also does a very good job at expressing the terroir of its region. Flinty, mineral notes or “wet stones” are common aromas of Riesling grown in the slate soils of the Mosel region in Germany. Riesling also exhibits a very unique aroma, known in France as goût petrol. This petrol note, often also described as kerosene or rubber, increses in intensity with age and is an indication of a high-quality Riesling wine.

      So, describing a Riesling wine as possessing a petrol aroma is not a bad thing, at least not for Riesling-lovers. Unfortunately, not all wines can be exceptional. In this case, the overall quality of the wine was just not high enough to warrant a better score, regardless of the presence of goût petrol.

      Oh, and Nick: get back to work.

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