Pretty, juicy, dry.
Located on the Naramata Bench, Domaine Roche is owned by Penelope and Dylan Roche, and while they are established in the Okanagan Valley, they have roots in Bordeaux and Burgundy.
The estate vines (farmed organically) are located on the southern edge of the Naramata Bench, overlooking the city of Penticton and Okanagan Lake, and are rooted in a mix of silt, organic matter and gravel.
The vineyard adjoins the winery and includes Schonberger, Zweigelt, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (the latter two were planted in the summer of 2017).
Nuance is a blend of mostly Merlot along with Cab Franc and Cab Sauv aged 12 months in 10% new French oak. The Merlot comes from the Kozier Organic Vineyard perched high on the Naramata Bench. The final two components come from further south in the Okanagan just north of Oliver.
Strawberries tossed in paprika, charcuterie and peppercorns, wildberry jam, dark cocoa, tar, toasted marshmallow and wet coconut husk aromas dominate the nose. The palate entry is slick, the weight supple on the tongue. Balanced acidity keeps it bright and the underlying flavours here are savoury: tangy red fruits, leather and warm spice linger across the finish.
Pair BBQ, luscious cheesy lasagna, roasted eggplant and mushrooms.
Patio Sippers, Seafood/Fish, White Meat Chicken/Pork, French Food, Green Wines, Appetizers
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Wine Diva reviewed - 2021-05-14 17:07:25.0