Gray Monk Odyssey III (Port-Style) (BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [B-]

Odyssey III – Gray Monk Estate Winery – NV (solera process since 2005), 19.8% ABV, 500 ml., (Lake Country, BC, Canada) (*VQA BC wine)


printed on the back of the bottle:

“In the true family tradition of Gray Monk, Odyssey III signifies three generations of commitment to bringing the very best to your table.  Full bodied, rich and elegant flavours reminiscent of black cherry, raspberry and chocolate. This fortified red wine is equally delicious being served on its own, with Stilton and other blue cheeses or with full-flavoured fruit desserts.”

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  • Style: (Port / Port-Style) Fortified Wine
  • Taste: Tangy alcoholic cherry raspberry chocolate warmth tart
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Burnaby
  • How much: $25 CAD (after 5% off) ($17.39 @Gray Monk online) – 500ml., January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to port wine aficionados: good flavour for a good price

Visual: (NV, cellared for 4 years). Pours dark magenta, slow runny legs.

Nose: cab sauv red wine, tingly-airy dark fruity alcoholic background, (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: immediate tangy alcohol hit, dark fruity tangy acidity

Mid-palate: woody black cherry, rich fruity (lvl-6-sweetness), raspberry, continued eau-de-vie alcohol

Finish: chocolate, soft tartness, alcohol heat/throat warmth, raisin exhale

Summary: All flavours as advertised, solid richness, solid drinkability. A tad watery in the entry, could use a bit more body in the mids.

Kerner 2010 (White) – Gray Monk, 11.7% ABV, (BC VQA Okanagan, BC)

From the Graymonk.com website:

“The Kerner grapes originate from two distinct vineyards in the Okanagan Valley. Harvested in October 2010 and cool fermented to retain maximum flavours.

Lemon in hue, this wine’s layered aroma suggests ripe peaches and spiced pears. The complex flavours range from butter to lemon tarts. Subtly light on the palate, this wine finishes with delicate elegance and finesse, with a hint of natural sweetness. Served chilled, this wine is attractive on its own, with salads and fresh fruits and with fresh salmon with hollandaise. ”

My notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: Sweet bright summer fruit flavours
  • Where I got it: VQA Wine store (?)
  • How much: $18 , 2010
  • Bottom line: thumbs up, Recommended
  • Tasting temperature: 13C

Wine Tasting Notes: 5/10 sweetness up front, lots of peach, apricot, and a bit of pineapple. Very bright and drinks kind of like a dessert wine, but not as cloying. Some sourness in the finish, and sweetness becomes a little heavy if session drinking. Would be nice to have chilled with hot pot.