La Frenz winery in Naramata released their 2009 white wines this month, which prompted me to write this blog. Year in, year out, they continue to show they rule the white wine world in BC (and Canada!)
I have been following this winery for about ten years now and it is amazingly consistent in producing fabulous wines that are also great values. This includes a couple of whites that are the best of their kind in Canada!
One is the Viognier, a usually fickle grape from the Rhone Valley that is used to make the incredibly fragrant — but extremely expensive — Condrieu ($50 +). La Frenz has this one nailed, with explosively floral/fruit cocktail aromas followed by a very ripe, fruity but bone dry finish. It is a ridiculous bargain at $22! Easily the best I have tried not only in Canada, but in North America.
The same goes for their Small Lots Riesling. Made slightly off dry to keep the fruit and acidity, it is a dead ringer for a quality German wine, but at $19 is about half the price. And it can age for 5 years (although is so delicious I haven’t been able to wait that long!).
At the risk of repeating myself, the same goes for their Small Lots Semillon. Made in a dry, crisp style with a touch of oak, it is a very similar to a dry white Graves from Bordeaux. And, once again, it is a great bargain at $20, with aging potential to boot.
Last but not least in the white wine category is the Small Lots Sauvignon Blanc. This is no “cat’s pee” SB; instead, a beautifully balanced, grassy/floral wine that is crisp, dry and delicious. And if you don’t believe me, well the 2009 just won gold at a major wine competition to boot. All for $22!
The only downside is that, like all La Frenz wines, they are only available for purchase at the winery or by the case on-line. But if you find a few friends to join you (like I do in my wine club), you can enjoy what is truly the best in B.C.!