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Wine Recommendation

Arrowleaf Cellars 2004 Vidal Select Late Harvest  (Okanagan Valley)

Arrowleaf Cellars

2004 Vidal Select Late Harvest
(Okanagan Valley)

When the Zuppiger family took over the 6.5-hectare Arrowleaf vineyard in 1997, they intended to make Icewine with their modest plot of Vidal until discovering that late harvest dessert wines are easier to make and easier to sell. Nevertheless, there is a bit of the Icewine technique employed here: some of the Vidal is harvested late in the fall and some is left to freeze before being picked. The juices of the two are then blended.

The tasty result is this wine, with an aroma almost as spicy as a Gewürztraminer. The wine is plump, redolent with flavours of mango and other tropical fruits. The soft acidity allows the wine to finish with unctuous sweetness, without becoming cloying. 85 points.

Reviewed July 5, 2006 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: Arrowleaf Cellars
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Vidal Select Late Harvest
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Vidal Blanc
Price: 375ml $16.90, 750ml $25.00

Review Date: 7/5/2006

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.