A new season is beginning and with it comes the promise of new wine releases. At Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery there are delectable options for every palate. This family estate along the Westside Wine Trail has a broad portfolio of wines that illustrates their many years of experience. Winemaker Jim Faulkner believes the 2012 vintage releases will be the best in many years, so he is excited to share them. Intense fruit flavours along with refreshing acidity make these wines easy to pair or enjoy on their own.

 2012 Pinot Gris $14.99 

This wine is a fan favourite and its return to the wine shop shelves will be welcome.  In the glass it offers notes of pear, apple with touch of citrus that follows through on the palate.

2012 Estate Gewürztraminer $15.99 

One of the best vintages for Gewürztraminer in many years, this Gew beautifully celebrates its varietal’s best with rose petal with light notes of lychee and hints of spice.  Nicely balanced.

2012 Estate Ehrenfelser $15.99

The intense aromatics and fruit flavours come through beautifully with oranges, citrus and more oranges!  A fabulous, fresh, off-dry summer sipper.

Other white wines were released earlier in the year; they showcase the wide range of styles Mt. Boucherie wines display. The 2011 Estate Riesling  ($14.99) has fresh aromas and flavours redolent of spring; the honeyed nose is balanced beautifully by the refreshing grapefruit on the palate. This is a wine that goes well with exotic dishes full of spice.

Usually the wines of spring are white, and red wine fans are left surveying the cellar for options. Never fear, here is something that fills the gap. The 2009 Family Reserve Zinfandel ($34.99) is an intensely flavoured balance of juicy fruit, peppery spice and soft  tannins. It is the perfect match for the first grilled meat of the season. 

For serious fans who want every chance to enjoy the wines of Mt. Boucherie, a membership to their wine club is the thing to do. Choose from a variety of case options and get advance notice of events and special release wines. www.mtboucheriewinery.com

~ Kristin Peturson-Laprise