Both wines are brightly ruby coloured and exhibit aromas of dried rose petals, black tea and tobacco. The Hollenbach Ambient carries lifted flavours of pie-cherry fruit and the Hollenbach fermented with the RC-212 possesses deeper bing cherry flavours and fine cocoa tannins on the finish. We find the main difference between the two wines is more textural than an aromatic.
Both wines are ‘apèro’ friendly. Enjoy with charcuterie, cheese, mushroom/nut pâté, or with an easy holiday appetizer. Saucisson sec (Oyama Sausage Co. on Granville Island makes an excellent one), smoked fish, livery foie gras, chicken liver parfait, foie gras torchon, duck, game meats, grilled chicken livers and hearts, stuffed dates/figs and forest mushrooms are all happy pairings our team would recommend.