• the hatch N/V hatchfinity

    the hatch N/V hatchfinity

    “This year’s ‘Bird’s Eye View’ is Hatchfinity. It stands for everything they hold dear at The Hatch. I know, imagine that: a vision and a mantra that they live by, ‘the hatch forever’ The blend is a mix of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, syrah, and merlot. The style is supple and juicy with lively red fruit, a hint of chocolate and plenty of savoury Okanagan expression plus a little bit of heat in the finish. You can drink this now but it will improve through 2020 in bottle. 

    90 points” – Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine. Tasted December 26, 2017

  • 'Graced with an elephant, roman numerals, and sleek custom bottle, The Hatch Dynasty White looks aspirational. The nose is a perfect aromatic mélange of all the grapes chosen for the 2018, with scents of fruit cocktail, white peach, lime sorbet and butter-sautéed apples. The grapes change year-by-year in this self-declared decadent white, and the 2018 sports 50% viognier, 25% chardonnay, 16% pinot blanc, and 9% riesling. All the varieties do their job on the palate too, with juicy orange, ripe mango, and tropical citrus which suffuses the mouth with unctuous fruit and just enough acidity to to keep you interested and coming back for more. Neutral barrels have helped to air the fruit, and plenty of lees stirring has plumped the palate. Meant for fun and pairing with a big dish like takeout sweet and sour ribs, or chicken with orange glaze. 88 points'
    - DJ Kearny, Gismondi on Wine Nov 5 2019
  • 'Vintoro Vineyard is a southwest facing vineyard set in East Kelowna. The 3+ acre site is planted to the highly expressive chardonnay musqué clone. Given its natural power and aromatics, it is barrel-fermented in mostly new French oak. The juice is never racked off the lees, but it is stirred monthly. The wine was barrel fermented and raised in a mix of mostly new French oak puncheons for 24 months, spending the entire time maturing on its lees. It has the Black Swift opulence, and the winemaker Jason Parkes swagger, yet both come with an acidic underside to balance the equation. I would age this wine five years for optimum results, but it could be fun to drink with lobster or crab dripping in butter tonight. Not for the faint-hearted. 89 points' - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine. Tasted Nov 5th, 2019.
  • "The first-ever Hobo Series gew won't be easy to track down with sales confined to the cellar door, select restaurants and retailers, but it is well worth tracking down. The ferment is all stainless steel and aged on lees for eight months. The fruit comes off the Palo Solera Vineyard in East Kelowna and leads with a fragrant, dry, electric styling that spells food-friendly. This is the 5th installment of the Hobo Series, and it’s a good one. As for the hobo connection, The Hatch says “[if] you go to Alsace this grape produces some of the most ethereal wines in the world. Outside Alsace? Hasn’t happened. This chap, though, brings the big aromatics, exotic flavours and rich texture that would make its Alsace cousins proud. 89 points"
    - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine. Tasted Nov. 5th, 2019
  • the hatch 2015 'The UniZin'

    the hatch 2015 'The UniZin'

    'There was no name for this wine when it was “Hatched,” so it was dubbed The Unicorn, and we know less now then we knew then about the mix. It’s a Hatch thing and its cult following seems to care even less. The wine is huge and dark and smoky on the nose with bits of black cherry and black raspberry fruit along with some elevated acidity and spice in the finish. A lifted, power red that will need time in the bottle. Best now with grilled or roasted meat dishes. 88 points
    - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine Nov. 5 2019
  • 'Dark, hematic and brooding syrah with more aromatic abilities than you might think. Plenty of wood sheathing and spicy intensity, with heat, liqueur and a sense of foreboding. Dark soy and balsamic in a bad boy of a northern Rhône like syrah. Big, potent and impressive. Drink 2021-2027. Tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019. 91 points'  - Michael Godel, Critic at WineAlign.com
  • 'A minor reduction locks in freshness, distracts with no apparent edginess and so first impressions are fruitful and seamless. There’s an aromatic sweetness in buoyant assistance to what is ostensibly savoury chardonnay, though also liquid dusty and spice cupboard melting through swaths of fruit. High level example with all available and averrable advantages in pocket, starting in the vineyard and following through right to the end of the winemaking processes. Drink 2019-2023. Tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019. 91 points' - Michael Godel, Critic at WineAlign.com
  • 'I like that The Hatch admit growing cabernet sauvignon in the Okanagan is a challenge. This one comes out of Monarch Vineyard from the sandy soils of Osoyoos, perhaps the warmest of all Okanagan sub-regions. There is a sense of wildness on the highly aromatic nose, including some green, eucalyptus notes. The colour is deep, the palate silky, the flavours a cedary, leafy cassis affair that is going to need some time to blossom fully and shed some oak. This is an alternative to the ripe chocolate style of so many cabernets coming out of Washington and California. Break out the cheese, for now, or a well-marbled steak. 87 points' - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine

  • 'Palo Solara is another East Kelowna site in need of a sub-appellation. The vineyard is cool-sited, and has been sustainably farmed for some time. Suitably pale, the nose is an earthy, forest floor affair with savoury black cherry, and a touch of bitter/toasted almond and smoke. Still just a baby, this will need a year or two to gather itself and move forward. Low on fruit but big on style, it’s another piece of the BC pinot puzzle. 88 points' Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine
  • ‘Hans Estate Vineyard is located directly below the Mission Hill Oculus block on the East Osoyoos Bench. The blend is a very sexy 50/50 cabernet franc/syrah. The nose has an aromatic, perfumed edge with an exotic, fragrant five-spice/tea note that spills onto the palate. Youthful and slightly rambunctious, there is plenty of ripe fruit to embrace here and nothing grilled beef, lamb, or pork won’t subdue for the moment. Still, I would wait three to five years for the wine to really blossom. Well done. 90 points’ – Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine
  • 'This Hobo wine springs from 37 year old müller-thurgau grapes growing peacefully in a single vineyard in East Kelowna near CedarCreek. Back in the day when the future seemed inevitable, this early-ripening, perfumed variety was planted in favour of riesling, a grape many thought wouldn’t ripen so far north. Fast forward to 2018. It is riesling-like after all, with its floral, orchard fruit nose and crisp fruit that provides a cage for all the peachy, apricot, green fruit filling the palate before finishing dry with a touch of bitterness. Müller-Thurgau is a white grape variety (Vitis vinifera) created by Hermann Müller from the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. It is a crossing of riesling with madeleine royale. 87 points' - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine Sept 6 2019

  • Crown + Thieves 2016 Roussanne Viognier

    Crown + Thieves 2016 Roussanne Viognier

    'Winemaker Jason Parkes describes roussanne as being like “chardonnay on steroids; it loves oak, is super rich and textured.” The ’16 is all that and more in the glass. The nose is floral with weighty perfume. The attack is equally rich with pear butter, honeysuckle, orange and caramel running through its rich textures and slightly bitter finish. Parkes has added viognier to the mix to lift further the aromatics and add a mysterious, exotic undercurrent. Not for everyone, but then that’s what makes wine so much fun. Try this now with sablefish or lobster or hold it for three to five years for the entire picture. 89 points' - Gismondi on Wine