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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2006 Riesling Private Reserve  (Okanagan Valley)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery

2006 Riesling Private Reserve
(Okanagan Valley)

From this winery’s first vintage in 1985, it has made good Riesling wines consistently. Credit that to the German education of the Canadian-born brothers who run the winery. Walter Gehringer was the first Canadian graduate of the Geisenheim Institute. His younger brother, Gordon, studied at Weinsberg, a deliberate choice made so that he and his brother would have complementary but not identical perspectives on viticulture.

Gehringer explores all the available styles of Riesling, from dry to icewine (the winery is one of the Okanagan’s leading icewine producers). This Private Reserve is made in the Germanic, off-dry style with which the winery remains identified, long after its extensive portfolio has grown to include many fine dry table wines. However, off-dry does not mean perceptibly sweet. Gehringer retains enough lively acidity in this wine to give it a zesty, crisp finish. Light and refreshing, the wine has delicate floral aromas and attractive lemon and lime flavours. 87 points.

Reviewed July 16, 2007 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery
Vintage: 2006
Wine: Riesling Private Reserve
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Riesling
Price: 750ml $15.99

Review Date: 7/16/2007

The Reviewer

John Schreiner

John Schreiner has been covering the wines of British Columbia for the past 30 years and has written 10 books on the wines of Canada and BC. He has judged at major competitions and is currently a panel member for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Wine. Both as a judge and as a wine critic, he approaches each wine not to find fault, but to find excellence. That he now finds the latter more often than the former testifies to the dramatic improvement shown by BC winemaking in the past decade.