Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Church and State Releases for 2008

2008 Releases!

We have done our last release of the 2008 wines. Of special note, is the release of our 2005 Quintessential. This is an "honest" blend of the five Bordeaux varietals. We use the word honest in the sense there are very few Meritage or Bordeaux blends comprising the five classic Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petite Verdot. This wine has already received a Double Gold - Best in Class honour in California and has been described by Anthony Gismondi as follows:

"Quintessential is a mix of all five Bordeaux varieties in this case assembled by wine maker Bill Dyer. We had our first brief glimpse in May and will reserve final judgement until we have tried it again. It has all the Dyer hallmarks. Ripe round and elegant with fine acidity and freshness. Liquorice and black fruit with a touch of smoke and oak carry the current palate. Looks to have fine potential in the years to come. A fine start."

We were also "very very" pleased to have been informed that Church & State Winery has been short-listed for National and International Winery of the year by the London England International Wine & Spirit Competition. There were only 2 Gold medals awarded to red wines from Canada and we are proud to say Church & State Wines won both; a Gold Medal for the 2006 Church & State Syrah, which we have not released and a Double Gold- Best in Class for the 2006 Coyote Bowl Syrah. The judges described this Syrah as follows:

"Dense and dark wine. Aromas leaped out of the glass in waves of blueberries, vanilla and mint with a sprinkle of white pepper. Well integrated toasty oak, supple tannins, backed with vibrant acidity. The palate was concentrated with flavours of cherries, blueberries, cinnamon and cream mingled with aniseed. A lingering essence of jasmine finished off this an elegant and beautiful example." Judges at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. 90.8pts

Both the 2006 C&S Syrah and the 2005 Quintessential are available direct through the winery and online. We do not expect these wines to last long.

Feel free to call or stop by the winery if there is anything we can do. Cheers!

Church & State Wines

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