After lunch we decided we were running out of steam, so we made one final stop before heading up the 3A back to Penticton. Our overall impression of Robin Ridge was average, but to be fair this was the end of a long day and right after a big spicy meal. Apart from the wines listed below, they also produce Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and something called "Robin's Return".
- Gewurztraminer 2011 ($19)
88 points. Dry, slightly musty but nice.
- Flamingo 2011 ($18)
88 points. This is made with the Coronation grape, which I had to look up. It is a labrusca (table grape) hybrid, not vinifera, actually developed in Summerland in the 1970s. It is similar to Concord, but can withstand the cooler Canadian climate better. I thought the wine was pretty good but there was some faint chemical taste that I wrote down as "windex". Either the glass may have been contaminated with some detergent that wasn't completely rinsed out, or my taste buds had given up after fifty tastings, or possibly this is what a Coronation wine tastes like. Probably not the last one, so a retaste may be in order here.
- Gamay 2010 ($23)
88 points. A fairly full-bodied Gamay, heavy on the oak.
- Reserve Merlot 2009 ($25)
88 points. Astringent, full flavour, nice.
And that was the end of our first day of wine tasting.