2019 is the inaugural year for the release of Cuvée Dorée. Think of our classic Ava blend, but aged more than twice as long and none aged in concrete or stainless: all French oak of the standard 225L and larger 500L puncheons. Take the Ava profile, make it richer, fuller, rounder, and more sultry. There is serious midpalate weight here and a finish that is, frankly, monumental.
This wine is proof in the pudding that Canada’s only pocket desert perfectly suits these late-ripening Rhone originating white noble grapes. The South Okanagan Valley may one day be a legitimate challenger for the best place on earth to grow them.
Herb-crusted quail or chicken with cornbread stuffing served with apricot jus or a side dish of roasted potatoes in herb de Provence.
A mild spicy noodle dish like Pad Thai or a Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry would pair marvelously.