Restrained, textural, pensive.
Located on the Naramata Bench, Domaine Roche is owned by Penelope and Dylan Roche, and while they are established in the Okanagan Valley, they have roots in Bordeaux and Burgundy.
The estate vines (farmed organically) are located on the southern edge of the Naramata Bench, overlooking the city of Penticton and Okanagan Lake, and are rooted in a mix of silt, organic matter and gravel.
The vineyard adjoins the winery and includes Schonberger, Zweigelt, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (the latter two were planted in the summer of 2017).
This is the second edition of Chateau, a blend of Cabernet Franc (41%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) and Merlot (24%) that was aged 18 months in 40% new French oak--the wine is unfined and unfiltered.
It has sweet and sour characteristics; red currents, burnt vanilla pod, balsamic, cocoa and szechuan peppercorn aromas. Dark chocolate, wild red berries, and peppery spice flavours dot the palate. It is restrained and pensive with textural tannins and a chalky finish.
Rich Meats , Cheese - Hard/Aged, French Food, Green Wines
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Wine Scores reviewed - 2021-05-17 17:07:25.0