Clos du Soleil is quickly becoming our favourite winery in the Similkameen – which is saying a lot because there are only a handfull in that valley at the moment and they are all pretty great.
After the rock-star wine that was the C.d.S.’s Baessler Pinot Blanc (see our glowing review here) we approached the 2010 Fumé Blanc with fairly high expectations. Combine this with our general love of the best of California’s Fumés and general distain for all things poorly oaked and this wine had the odds stacked against it. Fortunately, Clos Du Soleil, showing the kind of restraint with the wood that would be lucky to score you a single out on the baseball diamond, managed to knock this one out of the park again. The aroma is both smokey and sweet, but does nothing to prepare you for the huge hit of pineapple that leads off on your first sip. Flavours of citrus, green apple, honey and a beautiful, long mineraly finish. This resembles a great white Bordeaux much more than its name sakes from California. This is a very good thing.
This wine cries out for seafood and a late summer evening. Cedar planked lingcod, sabel fish or other rich, white fish would be perfect as the crisp acidity of the wine would beautifully cut the richness of the fish. Grilled asparagus and a salad of summer vegetables would round this out nicely. Throw on Washed Out’s latest, Within Without and soak in all that a late-August evening has to offer.
8.8 / 10.0 $22.90
While Chardonnary, Pinot Gris and Riesling often grab the most attention in discussions of BC’s white grapes, we have often thought that Pinot Blanc is really the most succesful white grape in the Okanagan / Similkameen climates. This wine goes a long way to support that theory. The grower’s series is a single vineyard series intended to highlight some of the select parcels of land from which Clos du Soleil Winery sources their grapes and this wine pays beautiful tribute to Baessler family.
On the nose, notes of pear, almond, honey and lime are crisp, sweet and enticing. On the palate you are immediately struck by the wonderful oily mouthfeel that coats the palate and helps the refreshing citrus finish linger. Flavours of canned pears, sweet lime and apple dominate, with hints of mandarin and honey. Great balance. We had this with Israeli couscus, fire roasted vegetables and homemade preserved lemons – an excellent pairing, but we’re thinking there are a lot of things that would pair well with this. This wine is soulful, yet fresh and lively – pair it with We’re New Here Jamie XX’s reinterpretation of Gil Scott-Heron’s equally great I’m New Here. You won’t be disappointed in either.
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