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Tastings: April 2015

21 April 2015

Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc Reserve To Kalon Vineyardtext
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Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc Reserve To Kalon Vineyard 2012

Napa Valley, California, United StatesAn expressive, assertive nose of meadow, hedge, passionfruit and white grapefruit open this powerful sauvignon blanc, from a dry farmed block in one of Napa's legendary vineyards. Smoked stone and wood tip to the time spent in new French oak, and frame the full bodied, bracing palate, standing up to the potent passionfruit, grapefruit and greengage flavours. A splash of semillon lends a seam of delicate white florals to the smoked lemon finish. A great match for grilled seafood or clambake.Prices: BC 47.00 QC 44.75 Producer: Robert Mondavi Winery
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Mission Hill Pinot Gris Reserve 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRipe pear, perfumed florals and fine cream open this pinot gris, sourced from estate vineyards in Oliver, Kelowna and Naramata. A short time partially fermented and aged in French oak up the weight and leesy complexity, as does a gentle dollop of residual sugar, a cushion for the herbal pear, white peach, starfruit and pink grapefruit pith notes. A smoked stoniness persists to the finish.Prices: BC 22.00 AB 25.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache Syrah 2014

Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide (including Mt Lofty Ranges, Fleurieu and Barossa, South Australia, AustraliaOchota Barrels' aim is to express old vine, single vineyard sites in the cool Adelaide Hills, as naturally as possible. Here, fragrant wild strawberry, raspberry, violets and forest aromas reflect the 88/13 grenache/syrah Rhone-styled blend. Eighty year old grenache is whole bunch pressed and spends ample time on the skins, lending a complexity and phenolic texture that surprises with its depth. Fine through ample white and black peppery coexist in harmony, and season the wild berry, summer cherry, earthy forest palate. Acidity is nimble and juicy, mellow tannins throw a light rasp and a dusky five spice closes the lengthy, textural finish. Alcohol is a welcome 12.8 percent. Winemaker Taras Ochota is one of the cutting edge talented nonconformists of the Australian wine industry, and we need to see more Aussie wines like this on our shelves.Prices: BC 37.00 Producer: Ochota Barrels
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20 April 2015

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Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaVery spicy, peppery, cedar, saddle leather, cranberry, balsamic, orange peel, leafy, resin aromas. Round, dry, slightly hard and tannic palate. Leafy, resin, tomato paste, olive, cranberry, smoky leather, cigar ash and balsamic flavours. Needs a bit of time to soften and integrate.Prices: BC 22.00 Producer: Black Sage Vineyard
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Flat Roof Manor Malbectext
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Flat Roof Manor Malbec 2012

South AfricaMeaty, smoky, leather, barnyard, coffee, black berry and prune aromas. Round, fresh, somewhat sweet and hot palate with smoked meat, leather, cherry jam, Band-Aid, coffee flavours. Very rustic, commercial style.Prices: BC 13.00 ON 11.00 NB 12.00 MB 14.00 NF 14.00 YK 15.50 Producer: Flat Roof Manor
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Tinhorn Creek 2Bench Oldfield Series Redtext
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Tinhorn Creek 2Bench Oldfield Series Red 2011

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCassis, sappy, savoury, resin, black olive, black cherry, leather, light barnyard, orange, smoky sage and licorice nose. Smooth, round, fresh palate with cranberry, olive, cedar, dried herbs, licorice, tomato paste, bell pepper and coffee flavours. Well balanced for near term consumption try this with beef.Prices: BC 30.00 Producer: Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
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Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignontext
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Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlack pepper, black olive, green bean, coffee, smoky herb, cassis, vanilla, earthy, black berry and leaf aromas. Soft, round, smooth and fresh palate with roast pepper, cassis, black olive, green bean, cedar, tobacco, leather, vanilla and coffee flavours. Well balanced but with some green notes throughout. Needs a few years.Prices: BC 27.00 AB 28.00 ON 25.00 QC 25.25 NS 31.00 MB 25.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Grilos Dão Vinho Tinto 2012

Dão, Northern Portugal, PortugalPeppery, savoury, black cherry, earthy, smoky, leather, gamy, plum, olive and licorice aromas. Dry, fresh, juicy but slightly astringent tannins. Meaty, savoury, thyme, cedar, earthy, smoky, black berry and resin flavours. A rustic country red perfect for burgers or meaty pizzas.Prices: BC 15.00 Producer: Casal de Tonda
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Quails' Gate Old Vines Foch Reserve 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPeppery, tobacco, meaty, leather, cedar, rooty, rubber, roast tomato, coffee and vanilla aromas. Dry, full round, slightly tart palate with coffee, chocolate, tomato paste, rooty, smoked leather, cherry jam, meaty, savoury flavours. A big, oaky style for those that like it.Prices: BC 40.00 AB 40.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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Quails' Gate Fortified Vintage Foch 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaGamy, foxy, cherry jam, spirit-y, minty, peppery aromas. Fresh, rich, sweet, supple palate with roast meat, raisin, gamy, black berry, coffee, chocolate and prune flavours. Very intense version of foch but balanced. Try this with nutty desserts.Prices: BC 23.00 375 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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Quails' Gate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPeppery, smoky, black olive, savoury, tobacco leaf, cassis, rubber, cedar aromas with a touch of vanilla. Soft, round, smooth palate with light tannins. Black olive, resin, coffee, vanilla, smoky tomato, cedar, tobacco, chocolate and herb flavours. Hard and reductive at the moment so give this a splash decant before you serve it with a grilled piece of meat.Prices: BC 27.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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Okanagan Crush Pad Narrative White 2013

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaNarrative is an innovative storyline of wines from the Okanagan Crush Pad folks. The wine is made sans sulphur, enzymes and oak to best translate the terroir of the valley in a pure, makeup-less style. The white is a mix of chardonnay, gewürztraminer and pinot blanc from sites in Summerland (mid-valley) and Oliver in the south. Look for a dry, spare style white with bits of fresh lemon, dried herbs, and stony mineral notes. The palate is a mix of light pear fruit flavours with citrus and sage and a dry creamy finish. A perfect food for light seafood dishes.Prices: BC 17.00 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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Signorello Setatext
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Signorello Seta 2012

Napa Valley, California, United StatesRay Signorello makes a silky white wine blending sémillon and sauvignon blanc from Oak Knoll District fruit, dry-farmed, near to the Napa River. The nose is a mix of pear and melon with just a spray of citrus. The attack is nimble with a bitter nectarine, pear passion fruit flavour that ends juicy and stony. Surprisingly nimble for a 100% barrel-fermented white. That spends a further 8 months in barrel a la Bordeaux Blanc. A fine match for sophisticated seafood or chicken dishes.Prices: BC 50.00 Producer: Signorello Estate
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Opus Onetext
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Opus One 2010

Napa Valley, California, United StatesAt first whiff there is a brambled bent to the nose, with green and red raspberry fruit, light toast and high tones. Red cherry and leather dominate the juicy and mouth filling palate, alongside generous strawberry and raspberry fruit. Ripe, cushy tannins are well integrated and succulent. An interested perfumed carnation character washes over the jammy finish. The wine presents young and somewhat awkward now, but doubtlessly will outgrow its gangliness and emerge a swan over the next 5+ years. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015Prices: ON 459.00 NF 375.00 Producer: Opus One
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Chateau Latour 2010

Pauillac, Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, FranceThe gravitas of Latour could not be denied in the Master Blend blind tasting, and while it is still so young and tight, the potential and confidence of this wine was immense. Subtle floral perfumes - black and red raspberry, dusty gravels, black florals entice on the finessed nose. A complex and intriguing palate reveals graceful black cherry, scented cola, gentle cassis, wild raspberry, mineral, graphite and gravels - punctured with upstart youthful acidity and spice. Beauty balance even now - poised in its youth and with decades of time to go. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: AB 2000.00 QC 1920.00 NF 1950.00 NS 1935.00 Producer: Chateau Latour
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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2010

Pauillac, Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, FranceA compelling, characterful wine, impossible to bypass even though I was tasting through a flawed bottle. Light smoked stone, smoked berry, earth, stem and savoury gravels. Alluring bacon, black cherry, blackcurrant and anise carries fluidly across fine boned, structured tannins. The gravels and minerality present poised and finessed, even though the wine dried out at the finish, sadly. I wish the bottle was sound, and I'm looking forward to retasting, but the quality was unmistakable. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: BC 380.00 AB 350.00 ON 350.00 QC 315.00 Producer: Chateau Pichon-Lalande
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Château Léoville-Barton 2010

St. Julien, Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, FranceI admired the perfumed, raspberry, light anise, deeper florals and woodsy cedar notes of this St.-Julien, the predominance of cabernet sauvignon (77 percent) evident, as was the whiff of (good) bret. The graceful and finessed nose carried through to the palate: black raspberry, black cherry, dark coffee and juicy acidity. Tannins are strident and youthful, and fruit is ripe though restrained, with finely rasped spice and light smoke on the lengthy finish. Will hold, knit and improve over the next two decades. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: QC 175.00 AB 210.00 NF 210.00 Producer: Château Langoa & Leoville Barton
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Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 38th Vintage 2010

South Australia, AustraliaAn almost even split between cabernet sauvignon and shiraz from Barossa, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale, Wolf Blass' legendary Black Label has legions of followers, and is now in its 38th vintage. Ripe kirsch, chocolate cherry, fragrant fig jam aromas. Dense strawberry and raspberry jam fills the fruit forward, round and juicy palate, with ample, slightly sticky tannins carrying the ripe fruit to a spiced finish. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: BC 100.00 ON 100.00 NF 100.00 Producer: Wolf Blass Pty Ltd
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Vasse Felix Heytesbury 2010

Margaret River, Western Australia, AustraliaAromatics of this Margaret River blend were muted at first, with time in the glass revealing subtle stone, whiffs of black cherry and youthful cassis. The juicy palate carries cranberry, green raspberry, ripe cherry, bramble, tobacco ash and a lingering fine peppery spice - both white and black. Tannins feel a bit taut and black tea tinged. A wave of eucalyptus closes out the finish. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015Prices: BC 100.00 Producer: Vasse Felix Pty Ltd.
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Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignontext
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Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Eden Valley, South Australia, AustraliaI was charmed by the ripe, perfumed and up front cherry of this floral Eden Valley icon. Red and black berries, strawberry jam are tempered by a wave of rocky stoniness and sweet spice. The round, soft palate is cushioned by very juicy perfumed strawberry, raspberry, vanilla, while fine tannins and finer white pepper spice frame the whole. A gentler, quieter cabernet based blend. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Vancouver 2015.Prices: Producer: Henschke
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Chateau Léoville Las Cases 2010

St. Julien, Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, FranceAt first, this is somewhat closed and hard, a reflection of its youth and dominance of cabernet sauvignon. With some time, smoked stone, black cherry bitterness emerge. Heady cassis, wild blackberry, charcoal and tobacco are carried by dense, though fine grained tannins. Lovely structure, and undeniable power, keyed with a savoury edge. Needs a lot of time to fully emerge - ten years plus. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Vancouver 2015.Prices: BC 500.00 QC 490.00 ON 500.00 AB 500.00 NF 550.00 Producer: Chateau Léoville Las Cases
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Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2010

St. Estèphe, Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, FranceThe peppery potency of this St.-Estephe stands out, while the structure of nearly 80 percent cabernet sauvignon carries undeniable structure. Scented wood and dusty gravels and leather notes, with an alluring dried raspberry floral and tobacco. Quite potent on the palate with black cherry, black plum and pure cassis in the ripe and juicy prime of youth. Nice savoury vein throughout with a black peppery earthiness to the lengthy finish. Lovely finesse and harmony, balancing out the powerful triad of tannins, fruit and minerality. Will reward in 15 years time. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: ON 480.00 BC 688.00 QC 490.00 AB 520.00 NF 550.00 Producer: Chateau Cos d'Estournel
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Chateau Beychevelle 2010

Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, FranceSmoked stone, wild herbs and white pepper marked this vintage making it an alluring and complex pour. Deep black cherry, ripe raspberry, some earthy stem savouriness and light smoked stone. Youthful raspberry, fine grained white pepper and black pepper add characterful charm, and while the young tannins are fine, they are currently a touch ragged. Time will heal - this wine has power enough for two decades. An herbal, savoury bent through the lengthy, smoked stone finish. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: BC 168.00 QC 132.00 ON 140.00 AB 150.00 NF 159.00 Producer: Chateau Beychevelle
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18 April 2015

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Tantalus Rosé 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThough Tantalus will always be known for their striking riesling (and iconic labels) that brought worldwide acclaim for BC riesling, you shouldn’t write them off as a one-trick pony, as their prowess for cool climate grapes shows throughout their entire portfolio. This singular rosé is from a block of pinot meunier planted in 1985, splashed with a hit of pinot noir. Lovely ripe strawberry, raspberry and sunripened cherry, a wave of fragrant plum, hard berry candy and a waft of wild herbs and citrus peel on the finish.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Tantalus Vineyards
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Fort Berens Pinot Gris 2014

Lillooet, British Columbia, CanadaFrom estate vineyards on the Fraser River Bench comes this stony, herbal and tart pinot gris, one of the first of the 2014 vintage we've tasted. The crisp palate is tempered with a small cushion of pear and Asian pear, and sharpened with a line of white grapefruit and lime pith. The acidity gobbles up the 6 g/l of residual sugar, and this medium bodied gris finishes with an appealing pear skin / thistle bitterness. Pour with grilled calamari or lemon dressed trout.Prices: BC 18.40 Producer: Fort Berens Estate Winery
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The Ned Pinot Gris 2013

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandYou may not think of pinot gris and New Zealand in the same breath, and while the grape isn't nearly as popular as sauvignon blanc, it is produced in reasonable quantity, and The Ned is the biggest selling gris in NZ. This light, pale blush hue shows ripe peach, nectarine, yellow apple and tropical flowers, in a full bodied, generous style. Spice, lemon drop and petals close out the finish. Power over delicacy here, and a worthy pour to fragrant green curries or shellfish.Prices: BC 16.00 NS 21.00 YK 18.00 AB 18.00 Producer: Marisco Vineyards Limited
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17 April 2015

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Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2012

Tuscany, ItalyLe Volte is Bolgheri-based Ornellaia's entry level red. The Tuscan blend is a 50/30/20 mix of merlot, sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon that in 2012 ripened in a warm and mostly dry growing season. Look for rich black cherry/cassis fruit aromas flecked with earthy undertones. The palate is always suave with soft round cassis, black cherry, meaty, licorice flavours. There is fine intensity here and fruit but with that savoury Bolgheri streak from front to back. Serve now with mushrooms or meat or give it another two to three years in bottle to fully mature. Le Volte is always aged for some 10 months in old Ornellaia barriques.Prices: BC 35.00 AB 33.00 QC 30.00 ON 30.00 NF 30.00 YK 37.00 Producer: Tenuta dell'Ornellaia
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Casa Planeta Bianco 2011

Sicily, ItalyIf you’re looking for an easy intro to Sicily’s idiosyncratic wines, Planeta is your gateway and this light-bodied, juicy grecanico/chardonnay blend is your key. Grecanico is the same grape as garganega, and here it’s part of 50/50 blend with chardonnay. This Sicilian IGT is a fragrant, tropical wine with notes of pineapple and lime, finishing crisp and bright with a whiff of white flower blossoms. A lovely aperitif wine.Prices: ON 12.00 MB 15.00 BC 14.00 Producer: Planeta
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Nk'Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Syrah 2010

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaNk'Mip's premium syrah opens with a toasted red cedar, cherry and twine nose that precedes a juicy and generous palate, dense with medicinal cherry fruit, structured, finely rasped tannins and fresh, ripe cassis and blackberry seed. Great spiciness and freshness throughout. Improving in the bottle needs another two years to hit its stride.Prices: BC 35.00 Producer: Nk’Mip Cellars
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Stable Door Cellars Riesling 2013

CanadaIntense, fresh, citrus and lime rind aromas. The palate is similar with fresh cut apples, lemon and candied lime rind that plays into an off-dry finish. This is a straight-up, well-made sweetish riesling that would be best served with a spicy Indian curry, or even barbecued ribs.Prices: BC 22.00 Producer: 0913881 B.C. Ltd. Dba Terra Vigniti
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Selbach Riesling (Fish Label) 2013

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, GermanyHeady peach and ripe pear aromas mark this juicy, mouth-filling riesling, always a memorable sight due to its colourful fish label (designed by a Vancouver artist). Steep, south facing Mosel slopes yield the stony backbone and depth of orchard fruit, expressed in a ripe, off-dry, shining style. Lime rind, nectarine and apricot blossom trail off with fine, nutty spice. Great intensity, fantastic value and a welcome 10.5 percent alcohol makes this an ideal pairing for gentle/moderately spiced curries.Prices: BC 18.00 Producer: J & H Selbach
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16 April 2015

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Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom Oliver’s Golden Mile, this off-dry gewürztraminer is mainly from 17 year old vines (that’s old for the Okanagan) and enticing with alluring rose perfume, fragrant lemon blossom and ripe gooseberry. Juicy grapefruit acidity and a medium body keep it food friendly, with lingering peach spiciness to lead through the finish.Prices: BC 19.00 Producer: Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
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Church & State Wines TreBellatext
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Church & State Wines TreBella 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA southern Rhone blend gaining popularity in the south Okanagan blending marsanne, viognier and roussanne grapes. The palate is rich and leesy with with waxy, exotic aromas of peach and mango followed by honeyed apricots, spice, brown butter and a nutty lemon finish. A little closed in but has fine potential over the next three years. A wine to watch. The grapes for this wine were picked from the Bella and Second Chapter vineyards in the Okanagan Valley.Prices: BC 24.00 Producer: Church & State Winery
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Gunderloch Fritz's Riesling 2013

Rheinhessen, GermanyRipe pear, white peach and lemon drop open this juicy riesling. Though Fritz's, named for principal Fritz Hasselbach, is a punchy, catchy intro to their brand, the grapes come from the same area as their premium wines, grown in a special part of the Rheinhessen called the Roter Hang, or Red Hill. These slate soils are red in colour, and the iron oxide deposits impart a lot of minerality to the wines. The plentiful orchard fruit carries through the juicy, mid-sweet palate, finishing with tangerine and a stony spiciness.Prices: BC 18.00 ON 14.00 QC 16.00 MB 16.00 AB 16.00 Producer: Weingut Gunderloch
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15 April 2015

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Chateau Latour 2010

Pauillac, Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, FranceFor many this was the wine of the tasting and while I‘ll admit it was excellent it may have suffered by its placement after the intensely rich Harlan. The blend is 90.5% cabernet sauvignon mixed with 9.5% merlot and .5% petit verdot. This has all the freshness and minerality you could want in a Bordeaux along with the classic blackberry, cassis, coffee lead pencil and spice. Surprisingly silky and round for Latour and certainly destined to improve in the bottle over the next decade. Should be ready by 2020 and hold through 3035. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015Prices: AB 2000.00 QC 1920.00 NF 1950.00 NS 1935.00 Producer: Chateau Latour
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Harlan Estate Red 2010

Napa Valley, California, United StatesThis is one plush red wine although you could argue it’s as lean as it gets for Harlan which undoubtedly helps its overall balance and weight. The nose is awash in black fruit and licorice with flecks of espresso and dried herbs. The textures are pure silk and seamless with ample fine-grained tannins all supporting a rich, black fruit flavour profile with bits of tobacco and black olive in the finish. A giant of a wine but with more restraint than you might expect. Drink from 2018 through 2030. The wine has a very high percentage cabernet sauvignon in it but the vineyard is planted to 70% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; estate production is set at about 2000 cases. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015Prices: US 750.00 Producer: Harlan Estate
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Opus One 2010

Napa Valley, California, United StatesSimilar to last year’s tasting this wine wowed me with its ability to straddle the New and Old World. The 2010 vintage was unique with unseasonably cold days, untimely rain fall and several heat spikes. Yet somehow Opus managed to overcome all of it. Again complexity and finesse ooze from what is a very cool/floral/mineral nose with bright red fruit flavours underneath. The palate is suave and dense, the tannins fine-grained tannins and along smooth balanced finish. The blend is 84/5.5/5.5/4/1 cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot and malbec. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015Prices: ON 459.00 NF 375.00 Producer: Opus One
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Chateau Haut Brion 2010

Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, FranceWhat a great bottle of Haut Brion currently in a good space. Finesse over power is the story here and red fruits over chocolate and toast. The nose is an elegant aromatic affair with red fruits and fabulous minerality electrifying the blend. On the palate violets, tea, stony red and black fruits and sweet round tannins with just enough acidity to keep it all in line. This will age forever just fine tune the menu to follow the tannins. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015Prices: AB 1400.00 BC 1600.00 ON 1600.00 QC 1600.00 NF 1800.00 Producer: Chateau Haut Brion
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Dominus 2010

Napa Valley, California, United StatesIn 2010, like last year Dominus, is finding its rhythm mixing the power and warmth of Napa with the restraint and length of Bordeaux. The blend is a 95/5 mix of cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. The nose has a pronounced cool, menthol/medicine chest note with, licorice, black cherries that all spill on to the palate. Love richness and density of tannin that gives way to a very balanced fruit forward finish. Another fine bottle that will age for two decades or more. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015Prices: AB 206.00 ON 180.00 Producer: Dominus Estate
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Chateau Montrose 2010

St. Estèphe, Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, FranceThe Montrose is wound tight despite a well-balanced 53/37/9/1 mix of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot but in the end was more old school than exciting. Expected to be one of the greatest Montrose it was not showing that well on the day. It’s a very good wine but licorice, leather and resin is dominating the fruit at the moment and the tannins of St. Estephe were pushing hard through the back end. There’s more merlot than ever in the blend but this wine like most preceding vintages needs two decade in the bottle before its ultimate potential can be assessed. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: BC 435.00 AB 350.00 NF 380.00 Producer: Chateau Montrose
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Almaviva 2010

Puente Alto, Valle del Maipo, Region del Valle Central, ChileCoulure in 2010 reduce the crop, never a bad thing in Chile or a late ripening year all of which helped the earthquake year turn out to be more than solid. The blend is 61% cabernet sauvignon, 29% carmenère, 9% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot and it all spends about 17 months French oak. Almaviva doesn’t disappoint bringing elegance and charm to the mix and in 2010 it appears to up the mocha/coffee flavours to better balance off the licorice, black fruit and mint. Less is more when you compare Almaviva to its vineyard mate Dom Melchor. Super value. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: Producer: Vina Almaviva S.A.
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Joseph Phelps Insignia 2010

Napa Valley, California, United StatesLike many of the star California 2010 reds it’s the cool mineral, floral stony notes that attract. The blend is 85/10/3/2 cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, merlot and malbec. The palate reveals more of the richness and dark chocolate and New World sweetness than can be part of the cabernet picture. The fruit is pure and dense, the tannins fine grained and dense. This needs decade or more in bottle to unwind. Always rich and hedonistic it dwarfed some of the lesser lights form South Africa and Australia. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: ON 225.00 QC 225.00 NS 225.00 Producer: Joseph Phelps Vineyards
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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2010

Pauillac, Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, FranceA controversial bottle sporting what many thought was some TCA. Even so the wine you could feel and taste a much better structure in 2010 and despite the TCA a cleaner wine with no Brett. The blend is 66/24/7/3 cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot. It’s firmer and denser than we have seen in a while. With some of the fruit knock off by the cork, and no back up bottle, it really must be re-tasted again for a definite score. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: BC 380.00 AB 350.00 ON 350.00 QC 315.00 Producer: Chateau Pichon-Lalande
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Château Léoville-Barton 2010

St. Julien, Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, FranceLéoville-Barton has always been a value buy but in the last decade the jump in quality at the Chateau is marked. The 2010 mix is 73/17/10 cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc all aged in 60 percent new oak. The wine is still tightly wound five years out showing more savoury notes and monster tannins over tarry red fruits. The finish is long and tight with coffee and licorice dominating. This is a thirty year wine for sure and should be scintillating in its third decade. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: QC 175.00 AB 210.00 NF 210.00 Producer: Château Langoa & Leoville Barton
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Antinori Solaia 2010

Tuscany, ItalyPerhaps an awkward moment for this iconic Tuscan red. The nose is pretty if a touch lifted with bright red fruits dominated with bits of olive, dried herbs and earth. The attack is elegant and well balanced with slightly darker fruits, resin, graphite and savoury notes supporting. Just a baby but will need time to mature. It is not the same size as most of the wine in this tasting and for that we can be thankful. Cellar through 2020 then try with a steak, prepared Florentine style. The blend is 75/20/5 cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese, cabernet franc. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: ON 251.00 NF 270.00 BC 504.00 1500 AB 600.00 1500 Producer: Marchesi Antinori
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Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 38th Vintage 2010

South Australia, AustraliaIn 2010 the mix is 51 cabernet sauvignon and 49 shiraz, a tough blend to compete with in this lineup. Expect a floral nose with sweet dense cherry aromas with a dollop of vanilla. The attack is the familiar sweet and sour affair with the acidity poking through the smoky, blueberry, licorice, stemmy, fruit flavours. It finishes tart. Lamb anyone. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Montreal. Wolf Blass Master Blend Classification Tasting Vancouver 2015.Prices: BC 100.00 ON 100.00 Producer: Wolf Blass Pty Ltd
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Vina Tondonia Red Reserva 2001

Rioja Alta, Rioja, SpainSince when is the current red vintage on our shelves more than a dozen years old? Gracias Rioja. And especially the majestic Bodegas R. López de Heredia, the epitome of old school, timeless, individualistic and ritualistic winemaking. Their wines respect historic traditions, and released when ready to drink. Luckilly for us. This old vines Reserva (tempranillo, garnacha graciano, mazuelo) opens with worn books, old cherry wood and dried strawberries. The palate feels well-worn and welcoming: dried cherry, sweet wild strawberries, aged leather, dried rose petals, earthy salinity a lift of fresh cranberries and a thin rasp of bitter cherry tannins before the mineral-lingering finish. Classic, timeless and excellent value.Prices: BC 54.00 Producer: R. Lopez Heredia Vina Tondonia S. A.
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14 April 2015

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Quails' Gate Pinot Noir 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMost of the fruit in this pinot, now over 20 years old, is grown on the volcanic based, sloping soils of Stone Mountain Vineyard. One month on the skins followed by ten months in French oak barrels yields this gentle strawberry and sweetly ripe cherry pinot, fragrant and poised from first whiff to the finish. The palate is potent with the scented red fruits, along with earth, cinnamon spice, fine grained pepper, desert sage and rock rosemary. Gentle, with juicy intensity - a lovely balance struck - and a lovely pour for flavourful duck.Prices: BC 28.00 AB 30.00 MB 27.00 ON 27.00 QC 27.00 NS 30.00 NF 25.00 YK 27.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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Domaine Lathuiliere Pisse Vieille Brouilly 2012

Beaujolais, Burgundy, FranceNot all Beaujolais is created equal. Cru Beaujolais is one of the darlings of the wine world, prized for its accessibility, freshness and food-friendliness as well as its graceful savoury structure. The 5th generation Gravallon family of winegrowers owns 15ha of vineyards in the heart of the Beaujolais region across six different appellation areas. This, in Brouilly, is a site of 50 year old vines, sustainably raised (Lutte Raisonée) and nurtured. Tense and precise from first sniff to fading memory, with strawberry stoniness, wild raspberry, black plum and dried herbs, and fragrant wildflowers. The concentrated and structured palate has bamboo strength tannins, firm yet yielding. Love the savoury structure of this serious, Cru Beaujo. #GoGamayGo.Prices: BC 15.19 Producer: Domaine Lathuiliere
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Pewsey Vale Individual Vineyard Selection Riesling 2012

Eden Valley, South Australia, AustraliaPewsey Vale is a single vineyard Yalumba brand that is situated approximately 540m high in the Eden valley part of the Barossa Ranges. Slate and sweet lemon curd aromas lead to an intense and bone dry palate, with fragrant dried herbs, prominent stoniness, red apple, spiced bitter melon and subtle eraser notes. Beauty fresh acidity throughout. Wild meadow flowers and minerality linger on the finish.Prices: BC 24.00 AB 23.00 Producer: Pewsey Vale
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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett 2011

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, GermanyThis off-dry Riesling is proof positive that low alcohol wines (8 percent) can be as exciting and intense as ones clocking in degrees higher. This ripe Mosel Riesling, while lighter in body and doe-nimble, delights with ample heady orchard fruit, crisp and shiny lemon pith acidity, peach blossom florals and a lingering, lightly petroled, stone-spiced finish. This will continue to deepen and delight over the next five years.Prices: BC 30.00 MB 27.00 Producer: Weingut St. Urbans-Hof
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Boutari Moschofilero 2013

Mantinía, Peloponnese, GreeceReady for sunshine? This is the wine to transport your thoughts and palate to sunny Greece - even the sunny hue harkens the Mediterranean sunshine. Boutari is the wine king of Greece, with the winery dating back to 1879 and wine domination pretty much continually since. Pure moschofilero, this bright, crisp and aromatic wine is lively and lean on the 11 percent palate, but full of floral blossoms, exotic fruit, zesty citrus and herbal aniseseed. Pour with calamari or feta herbed orzo.Prices: BC 19.00 AB 19.00 SK 19.00 MB 14.00 ON 12.00 QC 15.50 Producer: J. Boutari & Sons Wineries S.A.
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Quails' Gate Chenin Blanc 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThese chenin vines, nearing 20 years of age, are planted on the winery’s sloping estate soils, rich in volcanic rock and glacial till. A splash of sauvignon blanc ups the herbal citrus acidity ante. Alluring aromas of honey, grapefruit, flint, stone and light lees lead to a creamy palate of herbal meadow flowers, honeycomb, wild grass and tangerine pith, lifted with vibrant acidity and ending with lingering mineral spice on the lengthy finish. WeI want to see more delicious chenin blanc in the Okanagan – please.Prices: BC 19.00 AB 15.00 SK 19.00 MB 19.00 ON 18.00 QC 19.00 NS 23.00 PEI 23.00 NB 23.00 NF 23.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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13 April 2015

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Red Rooster Reserve Malbec 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCracked cloves and nutmeg open this unique malbec, sourced from the estate vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Under the spice box, black plums, blackberry jam and cracked peppercorns. The full, plump palate is potent with the same, along with sweet smoke, black cherry compote and lingering vanilla, black pepper and dried blueberries. Ample tannins are a touch chewy and acidity is moderate - pour with beef ribs or brisket for best results.Prices: BC 27.00 Producer: Red Rooster Winery
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Unsworth Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaThe inaugural pinot noir release from this highly promising Vancouver Island winery - and worth waiting for. This is what the cool climate, maritime influenced wine islands should gravitate towards - bright, elegant and finessed light reds. Youthful vines yield sweet perfumed roses, bright cherry blossoms and wild strawberry Presents young and fresh and lively makes it ideal with poultry.Prices: BC 24.00 Producer: Unsworth Vineyards
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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava Método Tradicional NV

SpainAmazing value here – crisp, fresh and dry, método tradicional sparkling, with bright citrus, white peach and green apple and lively, pithy acid. Start this while you’re cooking and continue through the appies and right into dinner. At this price, and for this quality, you can afford to.Prices: BC 13.00 Producer: J.G. Carrion
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Yalumba Cabernet Sauvignon Menzies The Cigar 2011

Coonawarra, South Australia, AustraliaThe Menzies Vineyard is in the heart of the cigar-shaped Coonawarra terra rossa red soils country, and The Cigar typifies this special site. Layers of savoury textured goodness to unwrap over time – iron, herbed bramble, tobacco, plush cassis, red cherry, espresso, fragrant red floral notes – neatly bound with fine grained tannins and elegant freshness. Pour with lamb chops.Prices: BC 28.00 Producer: Yalumba Wine Company
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12 April 2015

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Pétales d'Osoyoos 2011

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is the second label of Osoyoos Larose, the French / Canadian partnership that first drew international eyes and sizeable investment to Okanagan. This is the wine meant to drink now, while you lay Osoyoos Larose down to rest. Strong cassis, dark plum and a touch of black fruit compote on the nose. The sharp palate reflects the cool vintage - a bit hard edged, even now four years along. Cranberry, cassis, blackberry thorn, tobacco and dried blueberries, across grippy, slightly bitter tannins and with fresh, brisk acidity. Finish is a bit short and quite a bit bitter black fruit; pour with beef stew to counter.Prices: BC 25.00 QC 28.00 MB 25.00 NS 25.00 SK 27.00 NF 30.00 AB 35.00 Producer: Osoyoos Larose Estate Winery
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CedarCreek Platinum Block 2 Pinot Noir 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFresh strawberry/rhubarb cedar, tobacco nose with light Worcestershire sauce, floral and menthol aromas. Fresh, round, juicy, suave palate with cherry, rhubarb, tobacco, celery salt, herbal, coffee, vanilla and leather flavours. Fine balance and finesse with the structure to age and improve over the next two to four years in the bottle. Real pinot noir here.Prices: BC 40.00 Producer: CedarCreek Estate Winery
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CedarCreek Platinum Block 4 Pinot Noir 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaGood ruby cherry colour. Spicy, floral, cherry, plum, earthy, cedar, vanilla and celery salt aromas. Ripe, round, fresh, dry palate with light tannins. Raspberry, cherry, cedar, coffee, tobacco, savoury, celery salt flavours. A slightly fresher, firmer but fruity version of Block 2 that needs a few more years to integrate but fine effort. Try this with duck or pork.Prices: BC 40.00 Producer: CedarCreek Estate Winery
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Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA very consistent performer with bright floral, strawberry jam, plum, leather, vanilla, coffee, tobacco and barnyard aromas flecked with a touch of game and dried herbs. The attack is dry, fresh, elegant and round with light tannins and more carrot top, strawberry jam, orange peel, tobacco, vanilla, cedar, Worcestershire sauce and savoury raspberry flavours. Finely balanced and supple, should age well for two to seven years but delicious now. The Reserve Pinot Noir (formerly Stripe Label) is normally release at the end of April, you can also find this wine in magnums at the winery.Prices: BC 40.00 AB 42.00 Producer: Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars
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CedarCreek Merlot Cabernet 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaWhat's in a name? This Merlot Cabernet is built from merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec, the latter two in enough proportion (8 and 6 percent, respectively) to alter the blend considerably. A quiet nose shows black liquorice and delicate nutmeg spice. The palate is less subtle, letting loose with blackberry, black cherry, black pepper, thorns and spiced oak, with a whiff of flowers on the finish. Tannins are ample and a bit granular, but harnessed, while acidity keeps things juicy. Pour with skirt steak or beef empanadas.Prices: BC 20.00 AB 23.00 MB 25.00 Producer: CedarCreek Estate Winery
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Fort Berens Pinot Noir 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaLightly perfumed black cherry, perfumed raspberry and earth aromas open this Lillooet pinot, a blend of five clones grown in their estate vineyard. Sweet strawberry jam, juicy plum and pomegranate dominate the medium bodied palate, propped up by structured, fine tannins and finishing with finely rasped cinnamon bark. Nice length and flow. Pour alongside planked salmon or pork chops.Prices: BC 26.00 Producer: Fort Berens Estate Winery
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Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache Barossa 2011

Barossa Valley, South Australia, AustraliaThe bigger, riper, toastier 2012 vintage is readily available on our market, but if you get a chance to snag a few of the remaining bottles of 2011 (or if you were fortunate enough to stash some away), kudos to you. I love the freshness of this overlooked Aussie grape, so oft relegated to a blending partner. Big cracked spice here, with cinnamon and black pepper from start to finish, overtop of perfumed black floral, deep damson plum and a satisfying, fresh palate. Partial wild ferment ups the character factor. Pour with grilled pork chop.Prices: BC 25.00 Producer: Yalumba Wine Company
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Sperling Vineyards Sper...itz 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaAnn Sperling is one of Canada’s most heralded winemakers, and has brought 25 years of winemaking home to the vineyard she grew up on in the Okanagan, continuing a cherished tradition begun by her great grandparents on that land over 150 years ago. This light and lively, slightly sper…itzy wine is a blend of the obscure perle of csaba and slightly more familiar bacchus grapes. Light, frothy mousse, perfumed roses, honeycrisp apple, pink grapefruit and white peach. Chill it down and lap it up – this is low alcohol (7 percent), moderate acid deliciousness. Pair with fruit salad and brunch.Prices: BC 13.00 375 Producer: Sperling Vineyards
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11 April 2015

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Blue Mountain Gamay Noir 2013

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPeppery, savoury, black cherry, meaty, light leather, floral and licorice aromas. Fresh, round, juicy, elegant palate with licorice, cherry, plum, meaty, peppery, tobacco flavours. An elegant, forward style this is refreshing and food friendly. Always a pleasure to sip. Try this with grilled pork or salmon.Prices: BC 23.00 AB 25.00 QC 25.00 Producer: Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars
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Blue Mountain Pinot Gris 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFloral, grapefruit, earthy, spicy, pear aromas. Dry, fresh, juicy, slightly austere palate with slate, lemon, green apple skin, pear, ginger and lees flavours. Young, more reserved style that will benefit from some bottle age but good intensity for food. Give it another six months.Prices: BC 21.00 AB 25.00 ON 25.00 Producer: Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars
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10 April 2015

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Giovanni Rosso Nebbiolo Langhe Rosso 2012

Piedmont, ItalyEarthy tobacco, cedar, smoky, resin nose with prune and strawberry jam aromas. Fresh, round, dry, elegant palate with light tannins. Tobacco, licorice, cedar, strawberry, tar, savoury, celery salt flavours. Forward, food-friendly style for current consumption. A lighter style nebbiolo with some elegance. Perfect with mushroom dishes.Prices: BC 30.00 ON 30.00 Producer: Giovanni Rosso
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Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve 2011

Sonoma County, California, United StatesSpicy, savoury, herbaceous, dusty, resiny nose with a cool demeanour. More floral blueberry and coffee vanilla flavours over a firm structure with bits of licorice, a roasted coffee beans and darl chocolate. An okay reserve but not singing.Prices: BC 40.00 AB 35.00 ON 36.00 QC 33.00 Producer: Kendall-Jackson Vineyards and Winery
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Benjamin Bridge Tidal Bay 2013

Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, CanadaTidal Bay is not only the name for this wine (and many others from Nova Scotia), it is the first wine appellation for Nova Scotia, launched in 2012. These crisp, aromatic white wines must all follow the same set of standards, though the finished wines are all quite different from one another. Benjamin Bridge's is a blend of l'acadie blanc, chardonnay, ortega and new york muscat, presenting with late summer meadow flowers and stone, before a lean and juicy palate of focussed lime, granny smith apple and dynamic, chalky acidity. The finish is gentle roses and a touch of elastic. Surprising concentration here - especially for its 10.5% alcohol - contributed to the addition of structured, mineral-strong chardonnay. Shellfish is a natural here.Prices: BC 24.00 ON 22.00 NS 22.00 NB 22.00 Producer: Benjamin Bridge
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Goru Jumilla Red 2012

Jumilla, Valencia and Murcia, SpainSpicy, dark chocolate, black pepper, meaty, black berry, plum, saddle leather, licorice and earth aromas. Fresh, dry, juicy palate with light tannins. Cherry, black berry, vanilla, cocoa, peppery, savoury herb, orange peel and licorice flavours. Simple but fruity and ready to drink with any grilled meat.Prices: BC 17.00 Producer: Ego Bodegas
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Marionette Jumilla Red 2012

Jumilla, Valencia and Murcia, SpainPeppery, black plum, licorice, smoky, dried herb, resin, cedar, floral and chocolate aromas with a hint of meat. Fresh, juicy, slightly lean palate with black cherry, cedar, licorice root, resin, orange peel, olive, and tobacco flavours. Good fruit and juicy but with some acidity poking through the back end. Try this a favourite chicken dish.Prices: BC 17.00 Producer: Ego Bodegas
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Talento Vino Ecologico Jumilla Red 2012

Jumilla, Valencia and Murcia, SpainVery spicy, peppery, meaty, savoury, orange peel, chocolate, floral, cedar and licorice aromas. Fresh, soft, elegant, slightly tannic palate with cherry jam, orange peel, red licorice, black pepper, chocolate, olive and tobacco leaf flavors. A bit lighter on extract but elegant with good fruit and finish for current drinking.Prices: BC 17.00 Producer: Ego Bodegas
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Rainoldi Sassella Riserva 2007

Valtellina, Lombardy, ItalyFrom the most elegant and complex of the subzones of Valtellina. A faded orange red hue, with heady smoked Ricola nose, alpine herbs, fernet and amaro bitterness, candied maraschino cherry, wet leaves, sweet pipe tobacco, cinnamon bark, nutmeg and cedar scents. Mountain berries, smoked meat lead the palate and though the acidity is tamed a bit with age, there are quite a bit of smoothed, silken tannins there, drawing out iron, autumnal and earthy mushroom notes. Drink now (truffle risotto or sautéed mushrooms on rapini) as this is facing the descent.Prices: BC 46.00 Producer: Casa Vinicola Aldo Rainoldi
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Quails' Gate Gewürztraminer 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIt’s hard not to like the style of this gewürztraminer, with its fresh, aromatic notes of rose petal and orange blossoms. Just off-dry on the palate the spicy, litchi, pineapple flavours finish with a touch of ginger. Pork is a great match or your favourite Indian curry. The fruit is comes off vineyards on the Mount Boucherie Bench, North, Central and South Kelowna. An impressive 7,700 cases are made.Prices: BC 17.00 AB 19.00 SK 18.00 MB 17.00 NS 20.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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09 April 2015

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Time Syrah 2012

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMeaty, peppery, savoury, smoky nose with coffee, light vanilla, leather, and menthol aromas with a touch of volatility. Round, fresh, slightly sweet and sour palate with prune, chocolate, bacon, black pepper, tobacco, cedar, smoky menthol flavours. Warm and thin with a savoury leafy finish. Best with grilled meats now or let it settle down in bottle through 2018.Prices: BC 35.00 Producer: Time Estate Winery
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40 Knots Reserve Chardonnay 2012

Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaLight floral, green apple, grapefruit, lemon custard and butter aromas. Fresh, juicy, crisp, round but slightly austere palate. Grapefruit, granny smith apple, light honey, butter, lees and floral flavours. The style is spare, if not austere for some but this is the right road. Oysters anyone.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: 40 Knots Winery
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Smoking Loon Syrah 2012

California, United StatesCedar bark, resin, smoky, meaty, tobacco, coffee, earthy aromas. Soft, round, sweet and sour palate with resiny, earthy, tobacco, coffee, cedar bark, licorice flavours. Not much here that says syrah.Prices: BC 15.00 AB 14.95 SK 16.55 Producer: Don Sebastiani & Sons
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Mission Hill Reserve Shiraz 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPeppery, cedar, black berry, plum, resin, sausage meat, light floral and tobacco leaf aromas. Dry, fresh, elegant but lighter bodied with a tart edge. Cedar bark, coffee, licorice root, black pepper, tobacco leaf, plum and herb flavours with a meaty, vanilla note. Solid fruit and intensity but with an acidic Oz-like edge on the finish. Needs a few years to integrate or serve barbecue pork.Prices: BC 27.00 AB 28.00 ON 27.00 QC 28.00 SK 27.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFloral, spicy, nectarine, butter nose with bits of lees and canned tropical fruit. Ripe, rich, round, dry, juicy palate. Buttery, spicy, vanilla, pear, citrus rind, melon, waxy, floral flavours with a creamy, passion fruit note. Good intensity but needs a year or two to settle down. Well-made fair value.Prices: BC 22.00 AB 20.00 SK 20.00 MB 20.00 ON 20.00 QC 20.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Spierhead Chardonnay 2013

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPear skin, burnt matchstick, green apple, floral, spicy, butter and citrus aromas. Fresh, crisp, juicy, elegant palate with light lees, ginger, spicy, green apple, lees, bitter lemon and herb flavours. Solid but dominated by some excess sulphur and bitterness that doesn’t quit.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Spierhead Winery
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Yalumba Organic Chardonnay 2013

South Australia, AustraliaCooked apple, lees, spicy, earthy, light butter and matchstick aromas. Round, fresh, easy palate with baked pear, apple, light lees, earth, butter and apple skin flavours. Solid if a bit flat and bitter in the finish. Lacks lift and vitality at this point.Prices: BC 17.00 Producer: Yalumba Wine Company
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Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay Couvent des Jacobins 2012

Burgundy, FranceLight butter, lees, spicy, baked apple, nutty, citrus aromas. Dry, fresh, juicy, round palate with butter, spicy lees, baked grapefruit, baked apple and honey flavours. Ripe but lots of juicy baked apple and salted butter on the finish with good acidity. Impressive bottle of Bourgogne.Prices: BC 30.00 MB 22.72 ON 19.95 QC 21.80 Producer: Maison Louis Jadot
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Edmeades Zinfandel 2011

Mendocino County, California, United StatesA nice improvement on the 2010 with slightly richer rounder fruit marked by a peppery, blackberry jam nose and a savoury bramble berry undercurrent. The attack is smooth and round the fruit, rich and dense and sweet the finish is dry and balanced. This is a very solid introduction to zinfandel you can share with most and grilled meat or chicken dish.Prices: BC 23.00 AB 22.00 Producer: Edmeades
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See Ya Later Ranch SYL Brut NV

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBright, lively and floral, this is a consistently solid BC sparkling wine. A unique blend of chardonnay and riesling provides the green apple and citrus spine of the former and the floral aromatics of the latter. Juicy, crisp and ripe orchard fruits are carried by energetic bubbles through the finish. Pour with brunch, canapés and sushi.Prices: BC 22.00 ON 21.00 MB 24.00 Producer: See You Later Ranch
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Shot in the Dark Traminer Riesling 2013

AustraliaShot in the Dark is a joint project between well-known Aussie winemaker John Quarisa, and Icon Fine Wine & Spirits. The aim was to make approachable, affordable wines, and this one certainly qualifies. An aromatic and off dry blend of traminer (a mutant family member to gewürztraminer) and riesling, this lower alcohol (11.5 percent) is showy sweet peach, lime pulp and pear, with a floral/herb character, spiced lychee, anise and sweet lime on the finish.Prices: BC 14.00 Producer: Quarisa Wines
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Norton Malbec Barrel Select 2010

Luján de Cuyo, Northern Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaFrom Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, this big malbec shows cassis, green resin, ripe blackberries, smoky tobacco and cassis. The tannins are a wood hewn (12 months in 1st & 2nd use French oak) and the palate veers to the astringent, but a thick cut of beef would help in the mouth.Prices: QC 15.00 BC 15.00 SK 16.00 MB 15.00 NB 15.00 Producer: Bodega Norton
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Hillside Estate Syrah 2012

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFresh peppery, resin, smoky, licorice root nose with tobacco, savoury, plum and coffee aromas. Dry, light, somewhat thin and weedy palate with coriander, black pepper, tobacco leaf, tea, roasted pepper, meaty, coffee flavours. Elegant but a bit thin, especially for 2012 and even herbaceous. Best with grilled meats.Prices: BC 26.00 Producer: Hillside Estate Winery Ltd.
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Santa Rita Shiraz 120 2013

Region del Valle Central, ChileEarthy, sappy, meaty, menthol, bay leaf, Chilean nose with tobacco and smoky, rooty aromas. Smooth, round but somewhat tart palate with a resiny, menthol, bay leaf, meaty, peppery, sappy, blueberry, leafy flavours. Lacks generosity and fruit but at $11 I guess it is what it is. Best with a hamburger.Prices: BC 11.00 PEI 14.00 Producer: Viña Santa Rita
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Orofino Syrah Scout Vineyard 2012

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPruny, earthy, resin, smoky, black berry, tobacco, leather nose with black pepper and herb aromas. Dry, warm, fresh, somewhat hard palate with some youthful tannins. Coffee, black berry, peppery, meaty, vanilla, tobacco, savoury, pruny flavours. Youthful and exuberant and maybe a bit overripe but this needs time to settle in. Give it five years and be prepared to serve it with a big piece of beef or lamb to tame its wild side.Prices: BC 29.00 Producer: Orofino Vineyards
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08 April 2015

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Haywire White Label Pinot Noir Raised Concrete 2012

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom the cool mountainside Secrest Vineyard comes this pure fruited pinot noir. Fragrant raspberry and subtle earthy stem on the nose, with juicy cherry, wild raspberry, stony spice and dried strawberry fruit on the medium bodied palate. Fine grained tannins finish with a lingering black pepper and bitter black cherry note. Pour with herb roasted poultry.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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Errazuriz Don Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Aconcagua Costa, Valle de Aconcagua, Region de Aconcagua, ChileFruit from the cooler, maritime influenced Aconcagua Costa region makes up the bulk of this bright and intense white. Spring asparagus, green hedge, white florals are the entry to a vibrant palate. Tropical fruits abound - pineapple, mango, passionfruit and kiwi - before a spicy, lingering peach fuzz finish. Lees work lends complexity and a cushion of weight to the mid palate. Will stand up to heavier white fish and fruit chutneys.Prices: BC 19.00 Producer: Vina Errazuriz
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Fort Berens Riesling 2013

British Columbia, CanadaThis juicy little off-dry riesling shows ample ripe peach and peach fuzz, with lime sherbet, red apple, pink grapefruit and kiwi flavours. Fresh and clean with moderate acidity and a lick of anise on the finish. Chicken salads or tuna tataki would work well.Prices: BC 18.00 Producer: Fort Berens Estate Winery
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07 April 2015

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JoieFarm PTG 2012

Product of CanadaCherry red colour with earthy, licorice, tobacco, smoky, dried herb, resin cedar and cherry aromas. Soft, round, fresh, juicy palate with cherry, strawberry, licorice, meaty, peppery, tobacco and herb flavours. Good fruit and freshness in an easy drinking style.Prices: BC 24.00 AB 37.00 Producer: JoieFarm
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JoieFarm Gamay 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSpicy, gamey, peppery, black cherry, tobacco, worceshire, licorice and savoury herb aromas. Fresh, ripe, juicy but slightly tart palate with licorice, smokey meat, black pepper, black cherry, raspberry, tobacco leaf and worceshire flavours. Solid gamay expression in a forward style with a bit of tart acidity that should be balanced by any grilled meat or tomato dish.Prices: BC 24.00 AB 35.00 Producer: JoieFarm
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King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2012

Oregon, United StatesKing Estate Winery is one of the major players in the Oregon wine scene. Here, with grapes from "western Oregon" they've created an easy, soft and approachable light red with discernible pinot noir character. Subtle cherry, earth and cassis on the nose. The juicy, soft palate shows the same, along with black cherry and sweeter raspberry jam. Acid is bright, but the wood feels disjointed and angular through to the finish. Best poured with salmon burgers or pork sandwich.Prices: BC 25.00 Producer: King Estate
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Trapiche Pure Malbec 2012

Valle de Uco, Tunuyán, Central Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaVery impressed with this new listing from first sniff in the glass - the expressive perfume of swirling blackberries, blueberries, cassis, black pepper and violets was alluring enough to keep going back and back looking for more. The intrigue carried through to the palate - inky ripe blackberries, smooth and pure fruited, plum and violets, concentrated yet fresh. The tannins were smooth and juicy, and the finish is spicy and lasting. It was then I noticed that the name Pure refers to the fact this is oak-free, fermented with wild yeasts, aged in concrete and sourced from high altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley, foothills of the Andes. Aha - I'm tasting unadulterated malbec. No wonder it's so interesting. Drinking lovely now, especially with juicy beef, I suspect this will peak in 2-4 more years.Prices: BC 18.00 MB 17.00 NS 19.00 ON 16.00 SK 20.00 Producer: Bodegas Trapiche
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Jose Maria da Fonseca Moscatel Roxo Rosé 2013

Setúbal Peninsula, Central and Southern Portugal, PortugalThe oldest table wine brand in Portugal launched an exciting, new and completely modern wine into Canada last spring. The Domingos Soares Franco Colecção Privada (Private Collection) Moscatel Roxo Rosé is 100% moscatel roxo, a rare purple muscat that is small-yielding and typically reserved for the premium fortified wines that Setubal Peninsula is renowned for. Moscatel's trademark bouquet is in full display in this delicate salmon pink hue - a blooming garden of aromatic purple, pink and white flowers on the nose and juicy palate. Expressive and ripe lychee, gooseberry, pear, wild strawberries and tropical melon dance around the mouth, finishing dry and refreshing and ideal with fragrant Mediterranean styled shellfish dishes.Prices: BC 21.00 Producer: José Maria da Fonseca
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Norton Privada 2010

Luján de Cuyo, Northern Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaMalbec, cabernet sauvignon and merlot make up this structured, plush red. Dusky black cassis, blackberry, blueberry, anise, dark chocolate and graphite notes. Tannins are drying on the finish - sweet oak a bit too domineering - though the concentration and freshness is a positive. Pour with grilled beef.Prices: BC 25.00 QC 24.00 NS 26.00 Producer: Bodega Norton
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Fonseca Bin No 27 Finest Reserve Port NV

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalConsistent style from Fonseca in this reserve ruby style. The black licorice, pepper, blackberry, tobacco, tea, earth, dried figand light spirit aromas lead to a full, juicy, sweet, warm palate with very light tannins. Black plum, blackberry, peppery, licorice root, smoky, toffee, tobacco and chocolate flavours. Continued good introduction to modern port.Prices: AB 24.00 BC 25.00 MB 20.00 NF 24.00 ON 16.00 Producer: Fonseca Guimaraens
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Miguel Torres Dias de Verano Reserva Muscat 2014

Itata Valley, ChileFloral, pear, nectarine, ginger, spicy, honey, slate and quince aromas. Crisp, fresh, juicy, delicate palate with green apple, floral, honey, light lychee, grapefruit, spicy, chalky flavours. Very delicate but flavourful and juicy style for any seafood. Delicious.Prices: BC 15.00 Producer: Miguel Torres Chile
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06 April 2015

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Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOne of the warmest sites in the Okanagan delivered in 2012 offering up a big rich, warm spicy savoury red made for grilled beef. Mercifully ripe tannins are big but round and support some black inky fruit mixed with cedar and sweet black cherries. A touch dry but nothing a year in the bottle wouldn’t mend or serve now with a juicy, grilled steak or a firm piece of cheese.Prices: BC 24.00 Producer: Black Sage Vineyard
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CedarCreek Shiraz Cabernet 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe CedarCreek ode to Oz is 52/29 mix of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz from Osoyoos with about 20 percent cabernet franc, merlot and malbec. The nose is authentic cab shiraz with its blueberry and spice notes. The palate is cedar-y with black fruits and some acidity poking through before the tannins kick in. A rustic style red with some tannins to tame. Try this with grilled beef for best results. Expensive fro what you get.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: CedarCreek Estate Winery
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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

California, United StatesThis is a softer, entry-level blend of fruit across California, providing neither varietal nor geographic typicity, but resulting in a simple and crowd-pleasing California red. Mocha, blackberry, espresso, green branch and toasted wood spiciness dominate. Tannins are smoothed but end crunchy / branchy and a bit hot. Pour with casual steak sandwiches or beef stew.Prices: AB 23.00 BC 25.00 ON 25.00 MB 27.00 Producer: Francis Ford Coppola Presents
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Fort Berens Pinot Gris 2013

British Columbia, CanadaFrom the outback (for wine anyway) of Lillooet comes this light/medium bodied white. Light smoke, stone, pear blossom and a streak of herbaceous-ness leads to a thistle-filled bitter edged palate. White grapefruit pith, lemon juice, pear skin lead into a buttery finish. The whole is a bit disjointed and clunky - best to try this with light cream pastas.Prices: BC 18.00 Producer: Fort Berens Estate Winery
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Mission Hill Pinot Noir Five Vineyards 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMission Hill did a slight rebrand on their very popular Five Vineyards series, now newly reborn as 5V. Light and lifted youthful cherry, beetroot and raspberry jam aromas leading to a medium body, dominated by iced black tea tannins, black cherry, light earthiness and plump plummy fruit. Another solid entry in the popular 5V series from Mission Hill, and an identifiable and approachable pinot noir for under $20 - challenging no matter what part of the world you're from, but particularly impressive from BC. I paired this to a porchetta and cranberry sandwich with tasty success.Prices: BC 20.00 SK 20.00 MB 20.00 ON 17.50 NF 21.00 NB 21.00 NS 22.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Newharbor Pinot Noir 2009

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandThis medium-bodied red starts off with clove, smoke and strawberry aromas on the nose and finishes with juicy, sour cherry and cranberry flavours on the palate. Approachable, fruity, soft tannins, straightforward and fresh - what more can you ask of a pinot at this price? Drink mid-week with your prosciutto sandwich.Prices: BC 16.00 Producer: Newharbour
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05 April 2015

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Alvear Fino NV

Montilla-Moriles, SpainAt 2.5 grams per litre of sugar this Solera system fino from the D.O. Montilla-Moriles is bone dry. Made under a blanket of flor for more than four years in American oak casks this fino is not fortified reaching 15º alcohol thanks to the Pedro Ximénez must. The colour is pale with a yeasty, tangy nutty, toasty, rancio nose with citrus aromas. The attack is dry, fresh and elegant with more nutty, rancio, apple skin flavours. Perfect as a chilled aperitif you can serve with olives, charcuterie or sushi.Prices: BC 17.00 AB 17.00 SK 16.00 ON 12.00 NS 14.00 Producer: Alvear
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Pfaff Pinot Gris 2013

Alsace, FranceFragrant melon, pear open this lush, off dry pinot gris from Alsatian leader Pfaffenheim. The creamy, viscous palate carries roses, honeysuckle, lime cordial and fine ginger spice to the lengthy finish. An elegant, generous pinot gris (at a great price) suitable for your bacon and onion tart.Prices: BC 20.00 Producer: Cave Vinicole de Pfaffenheim & Gueberschwihr
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Kim Crawford Small Parcels Wild Grace Chardonnay 2013

Hawkes Bay, North Island, New ZealandCream, vanilla and spiced wood open this Small Parcels chardonnay from Hawke's Bay, fermented wild and from select high quality grapes. Full on the mouth, potent cloves, brioche, lemon curd and toasted cashew are drawn out across the leesy, toasty palate, reflecting the generous battonage and oak treatment. A heady, perfumed vanilla pervades through the concentrated finish, making it a bit much for solo drinking, but inviting pairing with rich cream and poultry dishes or silken white pastas.Prices: BC 27.00 Producer: Kim Crawford Wines
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Quails' Gate Fortified Vintage Foch 2011

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIf you've given up on maréchal foch because of one too many poorly made, foxy examples, Quails' Gate Fortified Vintage Foch might just be the rich, figgy, chocolate-pairing wine to bring you back. The nose is quiet at first, a bit boozy and a swirl of sugarplum. The palate, though, isn't shy, with heaps of cracked pepper, silken plum, fig paste, cigar, cherry pit and dark chocolate covered orange. The finish is long and peppery-potent - almost demanding a pairing of blue cheese or dark chocolate.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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CedarCreek Chardonnay 2013

British Columbia, CanadaWhite flower blossoms and meadow herbs from first nose through the creamy, complete palate. Fine grained nutmeg, clove, pineapple rind spice and ripe pear finish bright and fresh. Fermentation in stainless steel, foudre and traditional oak barrels ups the complexity and body. Pour with crab cakes and enjoy.Prices: BC 19.00 Producer: CedarCreek Estate Winery
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Hester Creek Pinot Blanc 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBright peach and ginger ale aromatics lure to a ripe, medium bodied palate. Ripe peach, more ginger spices, white flowers, and overripe pear finish a bit heavier than the 13.5 percent alcohol would suggest. Pour with fruited chicken salad or grilled poultry/veg skewers.Prices: BC 17.00 Producer: Hester Creek Estate Winery
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Alvear Medium Dry NV

Montilla-Moriles, SpainConsistency is a good thing and Alvear has little problem with this product over the years. Born of the Solera system this D.O. Montilla-Moriles is made with 100 percent pedro Ximénez in a medium dry style that combines the development of a Fino, aged under a blanket of Flor and the oxidative aging of an Oloroso. It is slightly sweetened and stays in a Solera system of 500L old American oak casks for more than 6 years.Expect a nutty, figgy, cedar nose flecked with dried herb. The attack is full and slightly sweet as it spills across the palate with just the right amount of acidity. Walnuts, orange peel, soy and tobacco flavours give it a complex flavour with fine intensity. Great with soup or cheeses. Super value, again.Prices: BC 18.00 AB 18.00 YK 18.00 ON 12.00 NS 14.00 Producer: Alvear
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04 April 2015

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Corvezzo Ikaro NV

Veneto, ItalySweet sparkling red wine is not my thing but if its made properly it can be useful with things like turkey, ginger-flavoured Asian dishes. The raboso grape brings its own balance to the blend mixing the sweetness of dark berries with a touch of bitterness. A soft sipper with enough sweetness to call for spicy foods to temper the sugar and the classic dry tannins you get at the end of most Italian red wines.Prices: BC 20.00 Producer: Corvezzo
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Ruggeri Giustino B. Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore NV

Treviso, Verona, Veneto, ItalyGiustino Bisol, founded the winery in 1950 and worked hard on the Prosecco a wine style - the first fermentation is in large vats at a low temperature until spring before a second fermentation in pressurized vats where it remains on its yeast until June. The glera grapes come off the higher Dolomitic ridges, in the northern part of the Province of Treviso – in essence the best crus of the upper Valdobbiadene hills. The style is fresh and crisp with enough citrus and acidity to balance off the sugar. Look for floral, sugar-candied lemon fruit flavours and a clean finish. Try this with spicy appetizers. It is finished extra dry with about 16 gr/ltr of residual sugar.Prices: AB 38.00 Producer: Ruggeri
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Rustic Roots Fameuse 2013

British Columbia, CanadaThis wine (2011) grabbed a silver medal a couple of years ago at the National Wine Awards of Canada and the current version is equally impressive. A Provencal-like orange colour the blend in this sparkler is some 70 percent Fameuse apples (the tree in question is closing in on a century of growth in the Similkameen with 30 percent Santa Rosa plums. The nose is predictably ‘fruity’ with a hint of apple cider. The attack is reasonably fresh given the near 20 grams of residual sugar with just a hint of cooked apples and butterscotch in the back end.Prices: BC 26.00 Producer: Rustic Roots Winery
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Kris Pinot Grigio 2013

Veneto, ItalyA subtle nose of peach blossom and herb dried apple opens this lean white from north eastern Italy's sloping Trentino-Alto Adige region. Thistle, peach fuzz, almond, anise, green apple and citrus notes. Crisp and fresh, with a gentle honeysuckle cushion, this wine is best enjoyed not totally chilled - allow the flavours the opportunity to warm up and shine. Pour with Pernod mussels and frites or Belgian endive salad.Prices: AB 19.00 BC 20.00 Producer: Franz Haas
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Haywire Gamay Noir 2011

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaAlluring nose of black cherry, raspberry, herbal anise, bramble and stone. Vibrant and juicy cassis, raspberry, dried strawberry, black cherry and florals on the spicy palate flow to the lingering, white pepper finish and are framed by fine grained tannins. A cooler, elevated view of gamay, ideal with grilled pork.Prices: BC 21.00 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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03 April 2015

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The Girls Vivacious Rosé NV

British Columbia, CanadaLight earthy, tobacco, cherry, matchstick, floral aromas. Fresh, juicy, somewhat sweet but light-bodied entry with earthy, cherry, red apple, tobacco, olive and spice flavours. Simple but pure and clean if a bit sweet and sour in the finish. Try with chicken salad.Prices: BC 20.00 Producer: Time Estate Winery
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Stall Speed Merlot Icewine Okanagan Selection 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaLight raspberry brick colour. Floral, candied orange peel, cherry jam, dried apricot, tobacco aromas. Fresh, juicy, slightly soft palate and moderate sweetness. Cherry jam, baked apple, orange peel, tobacco leaf, herb and spice flavours. Easy sipping style with a juicy finish. Well done.Prices: BC 36.00 375 Producer: 40 Knots Winery
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Mt. Boucherie Merlot 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSavoury, tobacco, black olive, roasted tomato, perfumed chocolate aromas. Soft, round, slightly sweet entry with chocolate, cedar, tobacco, earthy, licorice, resin and herb flavours. A bit too sweet and commercial but balanced.Prices: BC 21.00 Producer: Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery
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Bonitas Merlot Artist Series Block 1 2009

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCedar, tobacco, black olive, cherry, savoury, briar, light floral and leather aromas. Full, dry, round, juicy, slightly tannic palate. Chocolate, cedar, black cherry, plum, tobacco, peppery, black olive, coffee and licorice flavours. A bit chunky and warm but has solid fruit. This should be even better by 2016. Serve with a favourite cut of beef.Prices: BC 30.00 Producer: Bonitas Winery
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Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series Merlot 2011

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlack olive, spicy, tobacco, savoury herb, roast tomato, briar, sage aromas. Dry, fresh, elegant but slightly lean palate with black olive, tobacco leaf, celery salt, Worcestershire, savoury, coffee, vanilla and cedar flavours. Good finesse but a bit cool and lean. Solid try this with grilled flank steak.Prices: BC 29.00 Producer: Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
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Mission Hill Reserve Merlot 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPeppery, cherry, plum, black olive, tobacco, sage, licorice and vanilla aromas. Dry, fresh, juicy, slightly austere palate with light tannins. Coffee, resin, black olive, roast pepper, cherry, savoury herb and orange peel flavours. Good flavours and juiciness but this still needs some time in the bottle. Try it now with roasted meats or cellar for two to three years.Prices: ON 26.00 AB 24.00 BC 27.00 SK 25.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaWinemaker Nikki Callaway had full control over the 2013 chardonnay albeit while she was just finding her way around the winery. The wine is simply more electric from the get go. Less reductive, less overt oak more citrus this is super juicy and fun to sip. Look for fresh tropical melon and peach flavours with just a hint of fresh baked pastries. Try this with roast chicken for a perfect match. Callaway is blending clones 95, 96, 277 and 809 with a 50/50 mix of barrel ferment and tank fermented juice. Bone dry at 13 percent alcohol. Bravo to all 9000 cases. Fantastic value.Prices: BC 20.00 AB 20.00 SK 20.00 ON 20.00 NS 24.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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Quails' Gate Merlot 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCherry, floral, black plum, tobacco, light olive and cedar aromas with a touch of resin and vanilla. Fresh, round, juicy, soft palate with light tannins. Peppery, cherry, cedar, tobacco, black olive, spicy, vanilla and coffee flavours with a touch of leather. Good solid fruit and intensity with some short term ageing potential.Prices: BC 25.00 AB 24.00 SK 25.00 MB 23.00 ON 26.00 QC 27.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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Elephant Island Stellaport NV

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaStellaport is made from Stella cherries, picked extra-ripe and ultra-sweet. This is made in a solera dating back to 2001, with all lots resting and gaining complexity in French oak. A rich cassis and cocoa nose is followed by a velvet palate of jammy dark cherry, spice and dark chocolate. A heady, concentrated pour; the finish goes on and on and on. A decadent pour with dark chocolate or cherries jubilee.Prices: BC 28.00 375 Producer: Elephant Island Orchard Wines
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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Oldfield Series Kerner Icewine 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is as light and fresh as an icewine can possibly be thanks to the fragrant, lemon, lifted delicacy of kerner. The grape certainly shows off its aromatics here, with white flowers, honey and apricot on the nose, and ripe pear, dried mango and candied citrus peel on the palate. Lovely flow; pour with lemon curd or candied fruit tarts.Prices: BC 58.00 375 Producer: Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
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Stoneboat Vineyards Verglas 2011

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaVerglas is from the old French, meaning a thin layer of clear ice over rock. I deem it intensity without overpowering. A blend of old vine oranienstenier and pinot blanc, the grapes for this icewine were 55 percent botrytis affected, adding layers of complexity to an already highly evolved and intense wine. Silken sweet honey, brown butter, mandarin and ripe apricot, roasted almonds, fresh pineapple, balanced by pure lime zest acidity and complemented by a touch of savoury intrigue. Impressive length.Prices: BC 33.00 375 Producer: Stoneboat Vineyards
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Culmina Hypothesis 2011

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe first vintage of Culmina's Bordeaux-blend is an impressive one, and promising for future vintages. Hypothesis earned its name as a 'proposal from the land', with youthful grapes (only 3 year old vines) proving that the Triggs family has planted successfully. Pencil, stone and bramble is lured out of the tight nose. After airtime, juicy blackberry and black florals emerge as well. The structured palate shows black cherry, black liquorice, thorn, black plum, dark clay and savoury spice, stretched across firm, grippy and slightly gummy tannins. Bright acidity carries to a lingering finish. I recommend letting this lie for 2-3 years, or decanting 3-4 hours in advance of enjoying now, and pouring with beef tenderloin or lamb rack.Prices: BC 48.00 Producer: Culmina Family Estate Winery
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Europa ChocoVine Dutch Chocolate & Red Wine NV

HollandFresh open creamy milk chocolate nose with spice and a bit of spirit. Rich, creamy, fat, oily texture with pleasant caramel, chocolate, cream, spicy flavours. Like having a Bailey's and coffee with whipping cream. Tasty and affordable.Prices: BC 19.00 Producer: Europa
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Upper Bench Merlot 2012

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFresh bright plum, black cherry, briar, licorice nose with bits of chocolate, vanilla and peppery/meaty dried herb aromas. The attack is juicy and full with some light, grainy tannins the flavours a mix of peppery, coffee, roast pepper, black olive, black cherry and tobacco flavours. The finish has some tannins and oak to shed but will be fine with grilled meats now and much better in bottle a year or three from now.Prices: BC 35.00 Producer: Upper Bench Winery
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Seven Stones Speaking Row 128 Merlot 2011

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSmoky olive, herb, tobacco, peppery, black cherry, aromas flecked with coffee and notes of ash. Smooth, round, fresh, elegant palate with black olive, smoky herb, chocolate, cherry, tobacco, cedar, vanilla and prune flavours. Good texture and balance but showing just a bit too much oak in the back end. Give this some time to better integrate. Try it with a grilled steak.Prices: BC 25.00 Producer: Seven Stones Winery
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Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Reserve de Vaudon 2013

Chablis, Burgundy, FranceThe Réserve de Vaudon is a mix of Drouhin property fruit mostly from the Valley of Vauvillien between the Premier Crus of Montée de Tonnerre and Mont de Milieu. The soil is marine-based containing millions of tiny fossils that once laid on the seabed. The average yield at the domain is just over 55hl/ha roughly five percent below the 60hl/ha limit. The fruit is bio-dynamically grown and the fermentation and ageing is all done in stainless steel for 7 to 8 months. The nose is fresh, with a tight mix of floral, lemon, mineral, salty notes. It is similarly fresh with round, lively red apple and chalky flavours. Oysters anyone.Prices: BC 35.00 AB 32.00 QC 32.00 Producer: Joseph Drouhin
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Eau Vivre Riesling 2013

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFresh, skinny, dry, modern style riesling made for food. The attack is tart and lemony with spare, mineral, stony, chalky flavours. This is the perfect shellfish wine although oysters would be my choice to temper the acidity. Good effort. Fair price.Prices: BC 20.00 Producer: Eau Vivre Winery & Vineyards Ltd.
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02 April 2015

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Township 7 Chardonnay 2013

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaButterscotch, vanilla pudding, tinned tropical fruit and butter aromas. The round palate carries more of the same, along with bright white grapefruit, moderate acidity, pineapple spice and vanilla honey. Sop up the finish with cream sauced pasta.Prices: BC 21.00 Producer: Township 7 Vineyards and Wineries
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Quails' Gate Chardonnay Stewart Family Reserve 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPolish is apparent immediately. Spiced brioche, rich cream, popcorn, French perfume and vanilla aromas carry through a reductive note to the silky palate. Full bodied and creamy with heaps of fine grained spice, more rich cream, nut, lees lemon curd and ripe pear. Buoyant freshness and tight acidity to carry this big wine elegantly across the oaken form and to a honeycomb finish. Pour with lemon dressed scallops or butter dipped crab.Prices: BC 40.00 AB 39.00 QC 35.25 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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JoieFarm PTG 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis vintage of PTG (referencing Passe-Tout-Grains and the Burgundy bent of Heidi Noble) blends pinot noir from Skaha, Summerland and Naramata Bench with gamay from Naramata's Deep Roots Vineyard. Light currant, cherry and raspberry nose. The juicy, medium bodied palate carries the same mellow red fruits, along with cinnamon spiced cherry cider, cranberry and an herbal branch note. Tannins are very fine, though structured, making this juicy, quaffable red a great match to charcuterie or salmon.Prices: BC 24.00 Producer: JoieFarm
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01 April 2015

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Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2012

Barossa Valley, South Australia, AustraliaPatchwork, as its name suggests, is a blend of selected parcels across the Barossa. Deep and dark nose of berry compote, blackberry, anise, and perfumed blackberry. Very elegant notes of cassis, blackberry leaf, black plum, sand and eucalyptus on the medium bodied, softly cushioned mid palate. Ripe tannins feel lightly powdery on the finish along with a bit of a wood grip and lick of mint. American, French and Hungarian oak in use here. Pour with roasted lamb.Prices: BC 26.00 ON 24.00 NS 25.00 Producer: Yalumba Wine Company
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40 Knots Pinot Noir 2012

Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaA light, brick red colour precedes a tobacco, leafy, carrot top nose with candied, cherry, light herb aromas. Fresh, juicy but somewhat sweet with earthy, chocolate, carrot, sour cherry, stewed rhubarb flavours. A basic style pinot that is ready to drink.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: 40 Knots Winery
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Sumac Ridge Pinot Noir Private Reserve 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSpicy, savoury, tobacco, carrot top, rhubarb, strawberry jam and cedar aromas. Round, fresh, easy palate with light tannins. Cherry, orange peel, herbal, tobacco, chocolate and cedar flavours with a bit of a sweet and sour finish. Solid, affordable, everyday entry style pinot noir.Prices: BC 16.00 Producer: Sumac Ridge Estate Winery
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Mt. Boucherie Gamay Noirtext
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Mt. Boucherie Gamay Noir 2013

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFloral, cooked cherry, earthy, light barnyard, meaty, peppery aromas. Fresh, round, off-dry palate with cherry, smoky, earthy, meaty, licorice, barnyard and leather flavours. Simple, easy-sipping style if a bit sweet.Prices: BC 15.50 Producer: Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery
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Bonitas Pinot Noir Artist Series 2009

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaStrawberry jam, prune, meaty, leather, carrot top, rooty aromas. Rich, ripe, warm palate with dried cherry, rhubarb, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, prune, cedar, carrot top flavours. Finish is warm and a touch sweet and a bit port-like.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Bonitas Winery
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Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noirtext
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Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEarthy, carrot top, orange peel, spicy, raspberry, light coffee aromas. Dry, fresh, juicy, slightly lean entry with orange peel, raspberry, peppery, tobacco, carrot top, celery salt and vanilla flavours. Solid balance and fruit but needs another year in bottle to reach its potential. Try this with a pork.Prices: BC 28.00 AB 26.00 ON 25.00 QC 26.00 MB 28.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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JoieFarm Pinot Noirtext
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JoieFarm Pinot Noir 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFloral, coffee, light chocolate, cedar, tobacco, stewed cherry, herbal, wet rhubarb aromas. Dry, fresh, juicy, round palate with a touch of austerity. Chocolate, orange peel, strawberry, rhubarb, vanilla, light lees, compost and tobacco leaf flavours. Solid everyday pinot at a fair price. Serve with a favourite grilled salmon recipe.Prices: BC 24.00 AB 35.00 Producer: JoieFarm
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Quails' Gate Pinot Noirtext
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Quails' Gate Pinot Noir 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEarthy compost, rhubarb, leesy, barnyard and dried herb aromas. Fresh, elegant, juicy but lean palate with sour cherry, rhubarb, tobacco leaf, tea and reductive lees flavours. Finish has green, somewhat bitter tannins. Best with food.Prices: SK 25.00 ON 25.00 AB 27.00 BC 25.00 MB 25.00 QC 27.00 NB 30.00 NS 30.00 PEI 30.00 NF 30.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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Maverick Estate Winery Pinot Noirtext
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Maverick Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCaraway, sausage meat, smoky, herbal, tobacco, celery, leafy aromas. Round, smooth, fresh, rich palate but a bit hollow. Coffee, smoky, floral, carrot, Worcestershire, chocolate, licorice, meaty, vanilla flavours. Balanced but not a great deal of pinot character. Try this with grilled pork.Prices: BC 29.00 Producer: Maverick Estate Winery
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Spierhead Pinot Noir Cuvée 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCarrot top, celery salt, cedar, meaty, rhubarb, floral, vanilla, light raspberry aromas. Dry, fresh, round, elegant palate with a touch of austerity. Strawberry, rhubarb, peppery, tobacco leaf, carrot top, light lees, vanilla, coffee, cedar flavours. Good intensity and finesse but could use a few years to integrate. Made from three clones, 667 115 and Pommard adding to its charm and complexity. Duck confit anyone?Prices: BC 33.00 Producer: Spierhead Winery
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CedarCreek Pinot Noir 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEarthy, light compost, raspberry, Worcestershire, coffee aromas. Fresh, round, somewhat sweet and sour entry with strawberry, earthy, light carbonic, peppery, carrot top and herb flavours. Solid, easy-sipping style for current drinking.Prices: BC 25.00 Producer: CedarCreek Estate Winery
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Sandhill Gamay Noir Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEarthy, carrot, black cherry, rooty, coffee, meaty aromas. Dry, flat, somewhat hard palate with some light tannins. Coffee, prune, earthy, tobacco, resin, black cherry and chocolate flavours. Chunky and rustic style, needs a year to settle down in bottle. Serve with grilled salmon.Prices: BC 20.00 AB 18.25 MB 15.79 Producer: Sandhill Wines
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Calona Vineyards Artist Series Pinot Noir Reserve 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCandied strawberry, rhubarb, orange peel, tobacco, leafy aromas. Soft, round, slightly flat entry with earthy, prune, chocolate, coffee, herbal, sour cherry flavours with a bit of bitter, leafy notes on the finish. Simple stuff.Prices: BC 16.00 AB 15.00 MB 15.00 Producer: Calona Vineyards
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Kalala Organic Estate Merlot Icewine 2011

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIt's rare to see merlot turned into icewine, and even rarer to come across one so stylish and successful. Here organic merlot is transformed into a tawny-hued syrupy elixir with rich fig, cherry pie, dried strawberries, baked plum and caramelized brown sugar, finishing with a riff of nutmeg spices.Prices: BC 60.00 375 Producer: Kalala Organic Estate Winery
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Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noirtext
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Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCherry jam, earthy carrot juice and salt open this medium bodied pinot noir. The smoothed palate shows florals, youthful raspberry, light smoke toast and fine peppery spice across a generous fruit cushion and slightly gummy tannins. Acidity is rhubarb / cranberry bright and the finish carries some heat - pour this alongside pork chops and roast root veg.Prices: BC 28.00 AB 26.00 ON 25.00 QC 26.00 MB 28.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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JoieFarm Pinot Noirtext
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JoieFarm Pinot Noir 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSourced from four different vineyards (Summerland, Naramata and Skaha) and a blend of five clones, this youthful, fruity pinot has a lot of interesting flavours in the glass. Cherry, subdued raspberry, floral perfume aromas open to a medium bodied red with pencil shavings, stony earth, Rainier cherry, pepper and smoked nutmeg spice. Tannins are finely grained, and acidity is cranberry bright. Finishes with a lingering cherry cola. A lovely pour with roast poultry or salmon steaks.Prices: BC 23.00 AB 35.00 Producer: JoieFarm
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Anciano Gran Reserva Tempranillo Aged 7 Years 2005

Valdepeñas, Castilla-La Mancha, SpainMellow, sweet aged vanilla oak aromas and dusty cherry aromas lead into a well-worn sweet cherry, plum palate with earthy tea leaves, dried raspberry and dusky, dusty fruits on the finish. Grainy, worn wood tannins. Acidity dimmed with age but still relatively fresh. Nice to see a wine with a touch of age on the shelves. Pour with sage dusted light pork dishes.Prices: BC 15.00 Producer: Guy Anderson Wines
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Howling Bluff SQ Pinot Noir Summa Quiestext
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Howling Bluff SQ Pinot Noir Summa Quies 2012

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBig barnyard, meaty, vanilla, peppery, cherry jam, tobacco, Worcestershire, tomato paste aromas. Dry, full, tart palate with light tannins. Coffee, rubber, sour cherry, stewed rhubarb, chocolate, carrot top flavours. Lean and rustic with an earthy finish. Needs to be cleaner and fresher to get to the next level.Prices: BC 35.00 Producer: Howling Bluff Estate Wines
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Hillside Estate Pinot Noirtext
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Hillside Estate Pinot Noir 2011

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPeppery, earthy, black cherry, Worcestershire, light vanilla with savoury/smoky herb aromas. Dry, fresh, elegant with a lean light tannin attack. Cherry/rhubarb resin, coffee, vanilla, pepper tobacco flavours spread across the palate with flecks of dried herbs. Solid intensity if a bit chunky for the moment but give this a year or two to fully bloom.Prices: BC 22.00 Producer: Hillside Estate Winery Ltd.
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Painted Rock Syrah 2012

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPeppery, tobacco, boysenberry, celery salt, meaty, chocolate, thyme and mint aromas. Dry, fresh, elegant but somewhat lean palate. Coffee, peppery, savoury, slightly meaty, celery salt, gamey, tobacco leaf, vanilla and eucalyptus flavours. Good balance but seems a little lacking in mid-palate concentration. Good aromatics and finesse but a touch of greenness, perhaps will fatten out with 2-4 years.Prices: BC 40.00 Producer: Painted Rock Estate Winery
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Painted Rock Merlot 2012

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlack cherry, light coffee, vanilla, floral, sage, cranberry, savoury, smoky herb aromas. Dry, fresh, elegant but slightly tight palate. Cranberry, black cherry, coffee, celery salt, licorice, orange peel and chocolate flavours with a bit of savoury spice on the finish. Well balanced with good elegance and tannin balance. A touch less ripe and not quite as well knit in the mid-palate suggesting more time is required in the bottle to soften the edges. Give this another two to four years for maximum expression.Prices: BC 40.00 Producer: Painted Rock Estate Winery
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Painted Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEasily one of the best cabernets we have tasted in BC, no doubt a combination of diligent farming and a vintage warm enough to ripen a variety that most years never does. Love the savoury, earthy, spicy nose laden with smoky cassis, black pepper, celery salt, coffee and vanilla aromas. The attack is dry, fresh and round with a noticeably fuller palate with just a hint of grainy tannins. Expect a big mix of cassis, black cherry, inky, Oxo, coffee, earthy, black olive/pepper and vanilla flavours. Good balance and concentration, should develop well with 3-5 years aging. Steak anyone?Prices: BC 40.00 Producer: Painted Rock Estate Winery
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Painted Rock Red Icon 2012

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOne of the best yet Icon noses with savoury, cassis, black cherry notes mixed with an expressive floral thyme, tobacco undercurrent. The attack is full, the palate smooth with some grainy tannins. Coffee, cassis, boysenberry, sage, floral, black olive, black tea, orange peel and eucalyptus flavours. Very savoury, aromatic style with good complexity. Will require three to seven years to develop and integrate the oak and acidity. This year's blend is 31/28/26/15 malbec/merlot/cabernet franc/petit verdot.Prices: BC 55.00 Producer: Painted Rock Estate Winery
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Eau Vivre Pinot Noirtext
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Eau Vivre Pinot Noir 2013

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaLight ruby colour with peppery, Worcestershire, strawberry, earthy, floral aromas with some dried herbs and tobacco leaf. Fresh, dry, juicy, elegant palate with strawberry, orange peel, tobacco leaf, smoky, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Good finesse if a bit young and oaky. Fine now with grilled chicken or duck but should improve in bottle over the next 18 months.Prices: BC 22.00 Producer: Eau Vivre Winery & Vineyards Ltd.
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BC Tree Fruits Cider Company Broken Ladder NV

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA new product in a 473 ml can, pale with fine foam. Waxy, light grassy, green apple, yeast, light floral, grapefruit aromas. Fresh, juicy, crisp, near dry palate with fine mousse. Green apple, citrus, lees, spicy, grassy, bubble gum flavours. Fun and fruity with a creamy texture and fairly dry and it is all natural, no water, no additives.Prices: BC 10.39 473 Producer: BC Tree Fruits Cider Company
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Blue Mountain Pinot Noirtext
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Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2013

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCarrot top, celery root, spicy, tobacco leaf, light strawberry with light barnyard note. Fresh, smooth, juicy, suave palate with orange, strawberry, earthy, tobacco leaf, carrot, celery, vanilla, light lees and herb. Very good finesse and balance for current drinking. Solid value and effort here.Prices: BC 25.00 AB 30.00 ON 30.00 QC 30.00 Producer: Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars
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Orofino Pinot Noir Home Vineyard 2012

Cawston, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFive clones used and aged in French oak barrels. Spicy, savoury, cedar, resin, light raspberry and vanilla aromas. Round, fresh, juicy, elegant palate with light tannins. Rhubarb, raspberry, tobacco leaf, carrot top, peppery, coffee, orange peel with a slightly bitter coffee and herb finish. Needs a year or so to integrate and soften. A solid wine with a bright future.Prices: Producer: Orofino Vineyards
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