2009 Black Hills Estate Alibi

Rating: ★★★½☆

Vintage: 2009
Producer: Black Hills Estate
Variety: Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend
Designation: Alibi
Region: Canada
Sub-region: British Columbia, Okanagan Valley
ABV: 13.9%
Price: $30 (winery – sold out), $30 (Taylorwood), $35 (Marquis), $37 (EWine)

He says: I was a bit cautious when we bought this as I don’t usually buy anything with the word “Sauvignon Blanc” on it for $30 (there are so many great values less than $25). However, I was very impressed with the balance and complexity this wine shows. Excellent balance of fruit, length, acidity, and richer flavours from the Sémillon. Lived up to its reputation as one of the best white wines from the Okanagan.

She says: Overall, this wine showed excellent balance with its high Sauvignon Blanc content providing refreshing acidity. The Sémillon added some weight, richness, and a hint of honey. For me, it was the right balance between the two grapes. Whilst the alcohol was the same as the blind pair, this wine was more balanced on the finish without any signs of heat.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, pale lemon (almost water white)
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful, citrus, apple, hint of grass, some honey and waxy notes
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acidity, med- body, med+ intensity, citrus, apple, touch of honey, med alcohol, med+ finish
Summary: Good, Ready to drink

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Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.