Thursday, May 12, 2005

Semillon, Merlot, Rose, Chardonnay

Township 7 Semillon 2003

About 400 cases

Light clean and crisp with some apple attributes. Very similar to many Sauvignon Blancs without the extra grassiness. It's not cloying like some Sems. A bit more full and round than an SB. Delicious. $14.90 at the winery
16 / 20 Buy some for the summer

Township 7 Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
650 cases
25% Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice nose of cedar and cassis with a palate of rich blackberry. Tannins provide good structure and are balanced. An extended finish. Rather young for this kind of blend but drinking suprisingly well. $16.90 at the winery.
17.5/ 20 Buy

Greata Ranch Select Chardonnay 2000
100% barrel fermented.

Rare to find an old BC Chard for sale in this kind of shape.
Fig/honey nose on a palate of pear and apple pie spices. The acid seemed very harmonious despite going to bottle at 8.1 grams/L. Oak well integrated. Drinking beautifully now with no sign of decline. $19.99 at the winery.
18 /20 Buy

Greata Ranch Rose 2004
just released
blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Nose seemed a little dumb due perhaps to recent bottling. There was some soft rose petal and a hint of raspberry. Beautifully balanced. The shadow of tannin gives rose that little backbone needed to match well with sliced, cold meats, chicken salad or fresh baguette and soft cheeses at the beach. Strawberry and pepper spices dominate the taste.
16.5 / 20 Buy
It’s great for summer.

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