(VQA Okanagan Valley) by D’Angelo Estate Winery
We mostly hear about wines being over-priced. Sticker shock when browsing the shelves, especially for BC wines, is very common. This wine will still shock you, but in a much better way – it is only $15.00 and it delivers.
The color of this wine is relatively light, more akin to a pinot noir. It’s nose suggests ripe cherries, bricks and earth. The palate has lots of red fruit, leather, earth, and vanilla, but nothing dominates – it is pleasantly balanced and smooth. Drink it on its own or as a perfect match with pork (pork tenderloin on the grill perhaps) or chicken.
Tempranillo, the grape, is more often associated with Spain and hasn’t really been seen very much in BC. Inniskilin Okanagan on the Golden Mile, south of Oliver, and Twisted Tree in Osoyoos are the only other wineries that I know of currently that grow it. Inniskillin makes an icewine with theirs while Twisted Tree has a dry red, which I’m itching to try. Their offerening (at $28) is almost double the price of D’Angelo’s, which makes this dry wine a pretty sweet deal. Cheers!