With the elevated levels of Viognier in this wine the apricot and stone fruit nose is prominent much earlier than in the 2014. It shows the heat of the vintage by being more opulent than the 2014 this early on, but it delivers on power and poise very nicely. The weight and texture are the hallmark of this wine, with a viscosity and mouthfeel that is only found in some of the world’s most interesting wines.
"Mostly chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier with semillion and muscat, the 2Bench white has been knocking it out of the park for years. Tropical fruits with plenty of spice and some prominent barrel flavours give excellent mouthfeel and a slightly zingy finish. Suitable for roasted chicken, herb-rubbed pork shoulder or a hearty prime rib - Tom Firth, Culinaire Magazine, March 2017.
"marvellous white with an especially luscious, ripe quality that might best be described as seductive" 92 points - Beppi Crosariol, The Globe & Mail, Sep 2016
"Sonoma County product Sandra Oldfield, a proud graduate of University of California-Davis, continues to prove that British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley ranks among the best wine growing regions on the West Coast. This latest blend of her family’s vineyards on the Black Sage Bench and the Golden Mile Bench is a remarkable melange of Chardonnay (29%), Sauvignon Blanc (27%), Viognier (26%), Sèmillon (13%) and Muscat. Portions of the Sauvignon Blanc and the Viognier experienced some French oak, but most of this blend was nurtured in stainless steel. The nose is widely expressive with hints of kiwi, lemon/lime, crushed filberts, jicama and tutti frutti. While the flavors feature pineapple, pear and apple, its hallmark is the fascinating mouth feel that provides a sense of tannin, nuttiness and burst of citrusy acidity. At the on-premise Miradoro Restaurant, suggested pairings off the menu include Albacore Tuna Putanesca Calamarata or Grilled Ocotopus. Rating: Outstanding!" - Great Northwest Wine, March 2017.