Written By Treve Ring Libations / White Wine Sep 22, 2011 Clos du Soleil Fumé Blanc 2010 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestClos du Soleil Fumé Blanc 2010 Similkameen Valley, BC www.closdusoleil.ca$23 – 26. Available at winery or select private retailersAt yesterday’s Similkameen Wineries Association annual Vancouver tasting I tasted through new releases of 8 of the small but mighty valley’s winemakers. Named “one of the world’s 5 best wine regions you’ve never heard of” by En Route Magazine, the Similkameen’s nestled rocky and dry terroir are yielding some exceptional and exciting wines. Spenser Massie and his crew at Clos du Soleil are inspired by wines of France – especially the refinded grandeur of Bordeaux. Overseen by Canadian winemaker extraordinaire, Ann Sperling, the portfolio is always elegantly knit with cashmere and silk – polished, inviting and well crafted. Their flagship white and red Bordeaux blends (Capella and Signature, respectively) are regal as ever, and they’ve now added a second label to their collection – again, akin to Bordeaux chateaus.This black labeled Fumé Blanc is part of that second tier – but don’t be fooled in thinking it’s a big leap down in quality. And please also don’t be fooled by the name, and association with overworked Fumés from California’s days past. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is barrel fermented, with creamy apple and lemon meringue notes. There is no overt oak here at all – but just a round and complete mouthfeel, with white honey, mineral, subtle vanillan and lemon zest on the finish. The richness of the barrel character is perfectly in step with the herbal citrus of the Sauvignon Blanc grape – neither oversteps the other. This would be lovely with sablefish or halibut. Only 100 cases produced. Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) EATrecommendsClos du Soleil Fumé Blanc 2010Don’t be fooled by the name, and association with overworked Fumés from California’s days past. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is barrel fermented, with creamy apple and lemon meringue notes. There is no overt oak here at all – but just a round and complete mouthfeel, with white honey, mineral, subtle vanillan and lemon zest on the finish. The richness of the barrel character is perfectly in step with the herbal citrus of the Sauvignon Blanc grape – neither oversteps the other. This would be lovely with sablefish or halibut. Only 100 cases produced.Similkameenwine review SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Comments are closed.