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2011 Gamay Noir
John Schreiner, John Schreiner on Wine (barrel sample) - Sep.28, 2012 - Hillside consistently makes one of the Okanagan's best Gamay's, with the depth and concentration of a fine Beaujolais Cru. It has aromas and flavours of Cherry framed subtly with oak. The texture is almost meaty.
Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine - July.4, 2015 - Look for a pretty floral, cherry, smoky nose with peppery, coffee, tobacco notes. The attack is silky and dry with fine freshness and more cherry, plum, tobacco, cedar, coffee, earthy, savoury flavours. A touch warm but otherwise a well-made, delicious affordable red with fine fruit finesse.
2011 Merlot-Cabernet Franc
Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine - July.4, 2015 - Typically earthy, peppery, cranberry, cherry nose with dried tobacco, coffee, and prune aromas. Dry, fresh, round, elegant palate with light tannins. Cranberry, coffee, ash, tobacco leaf, savoury, black olive, resin and tomato paste flavours. Another solid effort that will likely improve in the bottle over the next year.
2014 Muscat Ottonel
90 Points -
Published in his article Best of British Columbia on SOMMjurnal.com in October 2015, Steven Spurrier detailed his experiences in British Columbia tasting a very large number of wines pitted, like Judgment in Paris which he created in 1976, against wines from other parts of the "New World". He gave 90 points to a very small selection of BC wines, including Hillside's exemplary Muscat Ottonel.
88 Points -
Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun - July.31, 2015 - just love what's going on at Hillside. Focused, local fruit is really giving this winery a signature taste and feel. This gewurztraminer is fresh and bright, juicy and refreshing in a style with floral hints, honeysuckle and bits of smoked meat and ginger. The attack is lively and juicy and with a mix of rose water, light litchi, citrus peel, nectarine skin and lemon oil. Food friendly and stylish. Drink year round.
2013 Merlot Malbec
91 Points -
Beppi Crosariol - Full-bodied and juicy, this smart red blend from veteran winemaker Kathy Malone takes smooth merlot to a livelier level, with peppery spice and background notes of tobacco and freshly roasted coffee bean.
88 Points -
Anthony Gismondi - Similar to last year with a little less charm. Savoury resin, black cherry, black pepper aromas flecked with cedar. Dry, lean, smoky, savoury entry with tobacco, sour cherry, cedar, tea and coffee flavours. A light mini Bordeaux style that finished dry and lean at this point. Serve not with grilled lamb chops or give some time in bottle to settle in.
2014 Un-Oaked Pinot Gris
89 Points -
Anthony Gismondi, Pique - June 4th, 2015 - How much do I like this wine? A lot. It's such a pleasure to drink a pinot gris for grown-ups. Hillside has made the long journey to terroir-based wine grown only in Naramata (this one comes from just above the village). It has to be rewarding for the entire Hillside team to make a wine like this. So fresh and vibrant with orchard fruits and bits of white peach and melon, this is juicy fresh and delicious. Pinot gris can throw a little colour from its copper skin and this one has a beautiful Provencal hue. Grilled chicken or assorted shellfish all work here. Stock up for summer. Bravo.
2012 Pinot Noir
89 Points -
Allen Meadows, the Burghound - "An elegant and very pretty nose speaks of cool red berry fruit, in particular cherry, along with background hints of spice and violets. There is a good verve to the delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess a rounded mouth feel before culminating in a dusty, clean and ever-so-mildly austere finish that exhibits good if not truly special depth and length. 89 points
93 Points -
John Schreiner, Schreiner on Wine - August.8, 2014 - This is Hillside's flagship Bordeaux blend - 55% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% each of Cabernet Franc and Malbec and 5% of Petit Verdot. It is a point of pride that every vintage of Mosaic since 2006 has been made entirely of Naramata Bench fruit. The wines arguably are more vibrant and brighter than Bordeaux blends from South Okanagan. This is a firm, age-worthy red with flavours of black currant, coffee, chocolate and liquorice. 93.