The chorus is the catchiest, most memorable part of many songs, and true to its name, the 2010 Stoneboat Chorus is a memorable blend.
An intriguing concoction of six grapes (Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Muller Thurgau, Kerner, Schoenburger), the perfumed nose is promising of delicious, juicy tropical fruits. On the palate, it then surprises nicely with bursts with crisp green apple, trailed by softer hints of peach. The refreshing acidity nicely dominates the alcohol (12.3%). A perfect wine for the summer BBQ and patio under the sun.
Though a unique blend, the racy acidity and nature of the 2010 Chorus are characteristic of what I think to be true Okanagan whites, which this British Columbia region is becoming to be increasingly known for.
Stoneboat Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery in the Okanagan valley, in British Columbia, Canada. The valley is a source of some whites. If you’re not familiar with the wines from the Okanagan, which can be spectacular (see our article on James Suckling’s tasting of Canadian wines), get your hands on some if you can.
About a year ago we wrote about James Suckling’s rating of Canadian wines, which was a monumental step for Canadian wines on the international stage. At last one of the well known names in the wine game had blessed some of the wines with high scores and praise.
So it’s unfortunate that, despite assurances from both Mr. Suckling and SAQ, the state-owned wine entity in Quebec, a large sum of money changed hands in association with the tastings in Quebec. And, apparently, instead of responding to contacts from La Presse and prominent wine writers, there was silence and then a stated consideration of libel action on Mr. Suckling’s part.
Some have said a wine writer of his stature would not come to a minor player in the world of wine like Canada unless money changed hands. That in itself takes some of the luster off the high ratings, but I’d like to think that despite any payment that has been made, the praise for these wines is genuine and rate with equal rigor to anywhere else from Bordeaux to Barossa.
In any case, it’s somewhat disconcerting and a bit of a spot on something that was, to repeat myself, a rather monumental moment for Canadian wine. …so in response to Joe Roberts at 1winedude.com, “Can we get these guys to write “transparency is good” 5000 times on a blackboard in a Catholic schoolroom somewhere?” Yes, let’s.
For more on this and on secrecy and bullying by a couple well known wine scribes, check out Evan Dawson’s article in Palate Press.