Hello all and happy #wineWednesday to you!
I am writing to you from sunny Penticton, B.C. as I am up for my flight of 3 panel dates as a wine assessor. As you are well aware by now, I take my time in the Okanagan seriously, and by that, I mean that I try to get to at least 2-3 wineries I haven’t visited yet. I have been successful already and have fodder for future blog posts.
For you today, I have a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc from the Okanagan Valley that I am very pleased with. From Bench 1775 on Naramata Road in Penticton, this very well may be one of my favourite expressions of Sauvignon Blanc from B.C. Hurray!
I would like to give a shout out to Tom Evans who suggested that I try this wine. I told him I wasn’t a huge fan of Sauvignon Blanc ( as a whole ) that are produced in the Okanagan Valley. Thank you, Tom – just what the Dr. ordered to bring my spirits up!
In the glass, this wine is pale lemon in colour. On the nose, it hits all the right notes for me – white grapefruit, lemon zest, fresh-cut grass and a hint of hay. On the palate, this Sauvignon Blanc is juicy, refreshing and balanced with a great lingering finish. It comes in at 12.7% Abv. and is blended with 9% Sémillon which adds some nice complexity to the wine. It retails for $24 at the winery. I love the acid in this wine – it is definitely present but it doesn’t smack you over the head.
I am just so thrilled to have a great expression of Okanagan Valley Sauvignon Blanc to reach for. When you are doing your wine touring through the Okanagan and heading up into Naramata, be sure to check out Bench 1775 and their stunning views while you sip on some very well crafted wines.