Quails' Gate Queue 2019Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaQueue is part of new series of small-batch wines at Quails Gate they are calling the Distinction Collection. It is our first look at a series of wines that fill in some gaps using a combination of varieties, clones, rootstocks, vineyard blocks and wine-making techniques to offer a series of labels for club members. Like the pattern on a quail’s egg, no two are alike. The Upper Boucherie bench vineyard boasts a unique southern exposure and a series of vineyard blocks on volcanic soils spiked with mineral deposits. It is one of the few sites in the Kelowna area that ripens merlot, cabernet, and syrah, which appear in the 47/45/8 Queue mix. The grapes are fermented and aged separately for 18 months in 50% new French oak barrels adding more structure to the wine. The initial offering is a rich red wine with a full-bodied, spicy red palate with some savoury, tobacco, herbaceous threads throughout. The tannins are fine-grained and youthful and will need a year or two more to disperse. Expect a rich, punchy red that will settle into itself as it ages.Tasted: 10 July 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 49.00 wine club, winery direct/online Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate WineryDistributors: Appellation Wine Marketing
Hobbs & Co. Wine Merchants Inc.
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - SyrahUPC: 778856419276