When describing the experience and the wines of Fairview Cellars, there is one word that comes immediately to mind…authentic, meaning. “Of undisputed origin, genuine; or, made or done in the traditional or original way”.
One could say this describes Bill Eggert, the man behind the wines, as well. He might giggle when you express enjoyment at his wines, because he is proud of his portfolio, and justly so. All of the wines, from the Sauvignon Blanc to his flagship Meritage or The Bear are solid examples of a sense of place. Bill and Blair, his General Manager, make these wines by hand on the Estate.
Bill will be releasing two of his wines December 1, including a new Pinot Noir.
2011 Crooked Post Pinot Noir $24.90
The lighter colour foretells the beauty of the red fruit flavours, but not the strength of character or the aromatic spice on the finish.
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $39.90
The ripeness of this fruit shows through in colour and taste. Intense cassis aroma and flavour with layers of spice, cedar, cigar box and a velvety finish.
The quality and intensity of flavour in the barrel samples of The Bear 2011 as well as the tank samples of the 2012 wines bode very well for Fairview fans in the coming year.
Fairview Cellars is open by appointment in the winter, except for the Winter in Wine Country celebrations Dec 1 and 2. Just call Bill at 250-498-2211 to book a visit.
~ Kristin Peturson-Laprise