Sunday, April 10, 2011

A 2nd Crossing with the Little Lost Lamb

This was a second serving of our neighbours' "thawed out" lamb that we inherited when their freezer broke down. A second serving of lamb. Seemed easy enough to serve a wine called 2nd Crossing.

767. 2007 Twisted Tree - 2nd Crossing Long Creek Red (VQA Okanagan Valley)

2nd Crossing is the second label for Twisted Tree, the winery on the hillside to the East of Osoyoos in the Okanagan. Seemingly priced to be a bit more value oriented than the Twisted Tree label, the name 2nd Crossing comes from the location of the winery, being where Highway 3 crosses Long Creek. The creek is seasonal and may not even appear in certain years. That's apparently the plan for this label as well. The making of these wines will depend on the harvest and the availability of grapes.

Like the creek, the wine may or may not appear.

From its start, Twisted Tree has been interested in working with varietals that aren't run-of-the-mill in the Okanagan and this wine features the winery's first use of the Tannat grapes that were planted. The winery has since come out with a full varietal Tannat wine, but I can only assume that they just didn't have enough quality fruit to produce that varietal wine in the first year. Rather, this is a blend of 50% Tannat and equal portions of Merlot, Cab Sauv and Malbec - a blend that I'm pretty sure you won't find being produced anywhere else in BC.

A solid wine, easy to drink with nice ripe fruit. It wasn't as bold as the Shiraz we had with the other lamb that was inherited, but I wouldn't say "no" to another bottle if I were to run across a bottle.

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