A quick travel note: if you're driving west from Osoyoos, you have to check out Spotted Lake about ten minutes along the Crowsnest. This is a small lake with high concentrations of minerals and salt in the water that somehow form large circles on the surface. It's truly unique and worth a stop for a picture or two.
Seven Stones was the first of our six stops on our loop. There is a whole story about the seven stones of the Similkameen, but the winery website is down right now so I don't have the details. Something about glaciers and native legends. Instead of doing any serious research, I stole a photo from another website of the mural in the Seven Stones wineshop showing the seven stones on a map of the valley. Now then, on to business: the wines we tried here were mostly outstanding. I can't explain why but I got the feeling that the terroir here produces some outstanding fruit. The combination and complexity of flavours here was quite amazing.
- Pinot Rosé 2010 ($19)
88 points. I found this one a bit musty, with some grapefruit in addition to the strawberry.
- Chardonnay 2009 ($25)
90 points. If I recall there were two different yeasts involved in the making. I thought I tasted some pineapple. Long, lingering, creamy finish. Beautiful. We brought back this one.
- Row 128 Merlot 2009 ($25)
90 points. Wish we'd bought this one too. A very unique and interesting Merlot. I did indeed taste most of the flavours listed above, including olive.
- Cabernet Franc 2009 ($28)
89 points. Feisty, peppery, lively, bold.
- Meritage 2008 ($32)
- Syrah 2009 ($35)
88 points. Kris liked this more than I did, likely the pepper. I remember it tasting like tart cherry juice.