In my most recent Globe & Mail column, I’ve featured two Okanagan Valley blockbuster blends that are both coveted and collectible. You might open one tonight, but save the other for a few years. The first is …
2006 Burrowing Owl Meritage ($56)
With enticing aromas of cassis, black plum, blackberries and coffeed oak, this one’s destined to become a cult classic. The plush layers of dark fruit will easily transform a dreary winter work-night into a celebration. It’s beautifully structured, with a finish that’s as long as the yacht you’re planning to buy.
2006 Mission Hill Family Estates Oculus ($77)
This Bordeaux-inspired red blends Old World finesse with New World power. The winery hand-picks the grapes from the best blocks in its vineyards, and ages the wine in French barrels for 14 1/2 months. The result of all this coddling? A core of blackcurrant and cassis encased in a cigar box. Perfect for when you cash in your Google stock.
Both of these wineries make terrific wines at lower price points too. And of course, there are many more fabulous BC wines that you’ll find in my wine reviews, easily searched by region, price, score, vintage, food match and recipe.
What are your favourite BC wines?