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Wine Recommendation

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2005 Cuvée Noire  (Okanagan Valley)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery

2005 Cuvée Noire
(Okanagan Valley)

Here is an honest wine – a soft, unoaked easy-drinking red light enough and soft enough to appeal to those who want to enjoy wine without getting intellectual about it. This is a blend of Chancellor (85%) and Cabernet Franc. A French hybrid, Chancellor once was important in Okanagan vineyards because it yields pleasant, if simple wines, somewhat recalling Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Gehringer wine shows attractive cherry flavours, some spice and almost no tannin. Gehringer often wins “best red” with this wine in any competition where consumers vote for the “people’s choice.” 86 points.

Reviewed July 4, 2006 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Cuvée Noire
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grapes: Chancellor (85%), Cabernet Franc (15%)
Price: 750ml $12.99

Review Date: 7/4/2006

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.