Despite my country of residence being Canada, I rarely drink Canadian wines. The reasons are simple: the SAQ (local liquor monopoly) stocks very few selections, the varietals are identical to those available elsewhere, and my limited experiences has not been very positive overall. So far, my best experiences have been in the Okanagan Valley (just north of Washington State), and Quail's Gate is one of the wineries I like.
I bought the 2004 Quail's Gate Limited Release at the winery last summer. While the winery touted a medal at some sort of contest, what I really liked was the taste. It has been many months since I last tasted this wine, and it was just as I remembered. A nice earthy, mushroomy nose, with strawberries, vanilla and green nuts. Clean, fresh. On the palate it was well balanced with good strawberry acidity, a soft mouthfeel, and good persistency. This wine is ready to drink - a good match for a pork tenderloin with a mild fruit curry sauce. A nice take on Pinot, more French/Oregonian than Californian. Score 15.5/20. At C$25, a good value for a Pinot.
(With Brooklynguy on a quest for value-priced Pinot Noir, I dedicate this post to that Grail Quest)
One final comment: Doktor Weingolb raised the issue of alcohol the other day with my post on a Chateauneuf du Pape. Despite weighing in at 14.5% alcohol, the Quail's Gate was balanced, and alcohol did not dominate the nose and palate the way the alcohol (14%) in that CdP did.