I’ll start by saying that Quails’ Gate wine is one of our favourite wineries in the Okanagan. In particular we regularly enjoy the Pinot Noir. The Stewart Family purchased the wineries land in 1956 and it sits on the shores of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, BC. The area of land is most sought after as one of the leading areas to grow Pinot Noir grapes. We have visited the winery several times. The views are fabulous, there are tours everyday even in winter and the selection in the shop is very good. It is also down the road from Mt. Boucherie winery which is another of our favourites so it is easy to visit both on the same outing.
Old Vines Foch 2008 Winemakers Notes
Named for the French World War I hero, General Ferdinand Foch, Marechal Foch grapes produce an intense and full bodied red wine. This Old Vines Foch was harvested in October 2008 from 26 year old vines from their Osoyoos (not their Kelowna) vineyard. The Osoyoos site provides maximum heat during the growing season and produces very ripe, concentrated fruit, creating a classic Marechal Foch. Fermented to near dryness and aged in American oak barrels, this wine will improve for up to 5 years.
We really like the Old Vines Foch, it had really deep fruit flavours, was very smooth tasting and is very dark in color. For a $24.99 specialty wine we will purchase another bottle from the 2,817 cases that are produced annually.