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Amulet White 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaAmulet is a fascinating wine project featuring winemaker Dwight Sick (Moraine) with Penelope and Dylan Roche (Roche Winery), inspired by the major grapes and wines of the Rhône Valley. There is not much of it, 110 cases, but you can look for the wines via Roche Wines on the Naramata Bench and a few select restaurants. The first vintage released was in 2018, and there have been incremental gains in style and quality since the start. The 2019 Amulet White is an 87/13 mix of viognier/marsanne grown on the Naramata Bench, and the Penticton West Bench. I’m a big fan of this blend when it's fresh, and this wine certainly is. Apricots, tangerines, peaches have a dusting of honey and lees that intensifies throughout the length of the wine. The oak is seamless, the acidity perfect. If this was from the Rhone, you could easily double the price and the hype, but that is what I love about BC wine. The question is, how much longer will wines like this fly under the radar? The fruit was whole cluster pressed and fermented in French oak barrels, of which 20 percent were new. Impressive.Tasted: 17 August 2021Tasted by: Prices:
BC$26.79750mlwinery direct
Producer: Roche WinesDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Blend: Viognier - MarsanneCSPC: 122966UPC: 711841978617