Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Alc. 13 %
What a unique treat coming to us from Laughing Stock in the Okanagan Valley! With two vineyards to their name, in Naramata Bench and Osoyoos, Laughing Stock has been offering outstanding BC wine for over 15 years now. With their Naramata vines as a home for their Bordeaux grapes, this is where you'll find rows of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Not far away sits 22 acres of vines that include some of their Bordeaux grapes, as well as Viognier and Syrah. This location in Osoyoos is particularly special as it's located in Canada's only desert climate, which makes for great red growing conditions.
The name of this wine, Amphora, references the style of vessels used to age this wine in. Terracotta Amphora(e) are clay pots that were historically used over 6000 years ago! As Wine Enthusiast magazine describes, "Like oak, clay is porous, so it does allow for some oxygen giving the wine a deep and rich texture, but like steel it’s a neutral material that won’t impart any additional flavors". The choice to use clay has popularity all around the world and is not uncommon in winemaking, even today. Laughing Stock's Amphora is ready to drink now or within the next 5 years, served at 10 C.
A very unique golden amber colour, that has mild clouding and sediment from its natural winemaking process. This is by no means something to be worried about.
This blend offers a unique nose, that gets us very excited to start sipping despite being a little mild in scent. Greeted with beeswax, ripe pear, and faint tropical fruits, this blend subsides to a more herbal finish. It rounds out with hints of thyme and baking spice.
We're happy to find the tropical fruits on the nose (and likely from the Viognier) come through to the palate upon first sip. Quince, pear, baking spice, and lemon all make an appearance. Considering the lower alcohol content, there is a balanced acidity and flavour complexity. A bit of honey and lemon-pepper come through, but are restrained and even. Serve this one not too chilled so that you don't miss out on any of these great flavours!
This is the perfect time to indulge your seafood cravings! Splurge a little on some lobster-tail and enjoy a butter-soaked feast on the patio as the sun sets.
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Retail: $32.99 Club: $24.99