May 16, 2012

SOWF #6: Crowsnest Vineyards

Well, you knew the hot streak couldn't last forever. Just around the corner we found Crowsnest Vineyards on Surprise Drive. It was a surprise all right, but not a pleasant one. Actually, the wines weren't all that bad. The winemaking is definitely Germanic, and reminded us of Gehringer Brothers in style. The Rieslings and the Gewurz were true to form although drier than their German cousins. If you like German wines then I think you would enjoy a visit to Crowsnest, but it's not really my cup of tea.

Crowsnest is also heavily into other activities. They run a restaurant, bakery and guesthouse, and even host a Harley Davidson riders' club. The website seems out of date (although there are recent events posted), so I didn't reproduce their wine notes as they don't correspond to the wines we actually tasted.

  • Chardonnay  ($18)

88 points. Unoaked, nice crispness.
  • Gewurztraminer  ($19)

88 points. 1 on the sweetness scale. Pretty good, dry Germanic style, honey.
  • Riesling 2011 ($20)

88 points. Apple cider taste, tart.
  • Riesling 2009  

88 points.

  • Pinot Noir  ($23)

87 points. Stewed strawberry.
  • Merlot 2008 ($21)

87 points. More strawberry, definitely not Kris' favorite.


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