Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Nov 10, 2011 Hester Creek Estate Winery The Judge 2008 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestHester Creek Estate Winery The Judge 2008 Oliver, Okanagan Valley, BC $45-50 available at winery, BC Liquor Stores and select private liquor retailers +133124 www.hestercreek.comLate last month the BC Liquor Stores had their Best of BC Fall 2011 Wine Release. The limited availability release at 21 Signature Stores focused on premium Okanagan reds (plus Tantalus’ lauded Old Vines Riesling). The big, established guys were on display (Mission Hill, Inniskillin, Osoyoos Larose…) alongside relative newcomers (Stag’s Hollow, Moon Curser, Painted Rock…)The Judge sort of covers both camps – a newer icon red from a long time Okanagan winery. With some of the oldest red vinifera vines in the province (dating back to 1968), winemaker Rob Summers wanted to create a blend that paid tribute to the vineyard and the unique terroir and Ratnip soils in the heart of the Golden Mile Bench.This full bodied Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend comes together to release dark cassis and cedar spice aromas. Concentrated and dusty cherry, plum, currants and savoury pepper notes stand up to the toasted oak notes, cloaking the firm, cedar bough structure with plush, savoury fruit. This wine is ready to drink now, but would certainly continue to benefit from 5+ years of bottle maturity. If you want to add to your cellar, you had best do so quickly as less than 300 cases of this wine was made. An imposing Judge, in no small part due to the heft of the weighty bottle. Pair with herbed roast pork or lamb. Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommendsHester Creek Estate Winery The Judge 2008This full bodied Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend comes together to release dark cassis and cedar spice aromas. Concentrated and dusty cherry, plum, currants and savoury pepper notes stand up to the toasted oak notes, cloaking the firm, cedar bough structure with plush, savoury fruit. This wine is ready to drink now, but would certainly continue to benefit from 5+ years of bottle maturity. Pair with herbed roast pork or lamb.bc redwine 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.