Recline Ridge - Hawk's Haven 2013 4/5
I'm a fan of all things blended and this would be no different. In full disclosure, I performed here and told them I would review this... It's nice when it's actually a pleasure to do so. Plus this fantastic couple (Luke & Elaina) from Alberta tipped me with this particular wine. I love making new friends and music at the same time.
Im also reviewing their Just Being Frank... Check out my thoughts on that one too.
But I digress, the Hawk's Haven is a lovely blend of of the northern grape varietals. Zweigelt, Blaufrankish and Pinot Noir gives this a light fruity blend with some some dense cherry plum on the bottom. The tobacco notes really balance the plum on the bottom. The depth of the Blaufrankish and the Pinot blend bring a lot to the party.
My friends who normally like very plummy Sonoma Cabs loved this one. That was one of the first wines that I 'test drove' at their home - they loved it.
One of the big pluses is Graydon & Maureen. Their tasting room is ten minutes west of Salmon Arm on highway one towards Kamloops. Great patio. Lots of wines to taste. Great schwag.
Lots of selection in the $20-$25 price range.