Clos Consistency at play: a mini vertical of red blends
I liked the idea of pouring two flights of three wines each (mini-verticals of essentially the same wine through different vintages, in each case 07, 08 and 11). The dishes (all a salute to Tavola’s much loved predecessor, Tapastree) came in well orchestrated succession. Everyone had a chance to try and decide for themselves what they felt worked best.
Clos du Similkameen
Those flights revealed an impressive consistency. Clos du Soleil is a Similkameen bellweather that, as it matures, underscores the potential of the Okanagan’s all too easily overlooked neighbour. The wines are made by Ann Sperling in a style that plants itself firmly between old and new world camps; and is also immensely food friendly, as this evening proved.
I was impressed with the way even the older whites are standing up, although I leaned in favour of both the 2008s (Capella and Signature Red Blend). The Clos du Soleil Capella 2011, which we picked as Best White Wine at last year’s Okanagan BC Wine Awards judging, continues to evolve and impress.