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Tastings: June 2018

19 June 2018

Barone di Valforte Pecorinotext
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Barone di Valforte Pecorino 2016

Abruzzo, ItalyThe Sorricchio family has owned the baronial fief of Valforte since the 13th Century, and their vineyard lies within the DOCG Colline Teramane area. This pecorino is grown on north facing (cooler) calcareous laced soils in Piomba and Colle Sale, and from 150 - 350m. Light honeysuckle, quince, pine nuts, Asian pear, apricot fuzz in this structured white, hedged with smoked / broken stone, and lifted with a bright spire of acidity to an savoury finish. There's a slight sandy/ash texture that lingers, bringing this additional interest. Snappy, intriguing now, this will continue to honey with time, adding secondary and tertiary complexities to this easy charmer.Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Tenute Barone di Valforte
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Barone di Valforte Passerinatext
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Barone di Valforte Passerina 2016

Abruzzo, ItalyNative to southern Marche / northern Abruzzo, this grape was near extinction before a handful of producers resurrected it. The Sorricchio family has owned the baronial fief of Valforte since the 13th Century, and their vineyard lies within the DOCG Colline Teramane area. This passerino is grown on north facing (cooler) sandy soils, approximately 100m above sea level. Meadow grasses, quince, ripe white peach is slicked with a firm coat of lees and lifted with white pepper to a spiced, lightly bitter finish. This is a touch loose and watery on the mid palate. I would love to see this under screw cap rather than a short, plastic cork.Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Tenute Barone di Valforte
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Rocca Bernarda Ribolla Giallatext
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Rocca Bernarda Ribolla Gialla 2016

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, ItalyRibolla gialla is delicious when it’s well made, plus highly versatile at the table. Look for bright acidity, strong lemon verbena mixed with white pepper, wild grasses and lime rind. It has a self-cleaning palate mode that sets you up to just keep drinking the bottle sip after sip. Perfect with barbecued chicken but any vegetarian/vegan dish will shine with this sophisticated white. Tasting well now but this will age well through 2023. Real wine and great value.Prices: BC 25.99 Producer: Rocca Bernarda
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Blue Grouse Estate Ortegatext
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Blue Grouse Estate Ortega 2017

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaOrtega has come to be a calling card of the Wine Islands, and Blue Grouse's is one of the highlights. From vines now 25 years old, this was fermented in stainless and without MLF, keeping the fruit shining. Two months on the lees lends a slight cushion to buffer the acidity. Crisp, tight and bright white, laced with citrus, melon, mandarin to a snappy, slightly bitter finish. Ideal with coastal shellfish and salads.Prices: BC 19.00 Producer: Blue Grouse Estate Winery
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Spearhead Winery White Pinot Noirtext
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Spearhead Winery White Pinot Noir 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA white pinot noir? Yup, made by gentle whole bunch pressing and very minimal time on the skins. The juice was cold settled and fermented to dryness in stainless, where it sat before bottling. This is filled with sharp flintiness due to the reductive environment, though here it comes across as a bitter, almost ashen note that overwhelms the fruit. Underneath you get a sense of some subtle pear, melon and yellow apple on a glycerol-lined palate, finishing with salts, and a flush of warmth. Interesting attempt, but less so on result.Prices: BC 24.00 Producer: Spierhead Winery
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Hillside Reserve Viogniertext
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Hillside Reserve Viognier 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaKathy Malone is talking the talk and walking the walk at Hillside having gradually shifted her production to all Naramata fruit over the last eight years. She is particularly sensitive to which grapes Hillside should be growing and where they should be planted. This viognier is a good reflection of what can be done on the mid-valley bench, based on soil and extended hang-time. The aromatics are intense but just when you are ready for a richer, heavier attack this wine is juicer and more elegant than you expect, with a riot of orchard fruit, spice and fragrant honeysuckle notes. The slightly extra weight you sense in the mid-palate is due to the small portion of the blend that was aged in oak, sur lie, to add complexity. A perfect chicken wine but it's equally at home with most vegetarian dishes. Super value.Prices: BC 22.00 Producer: Hillside Winery
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Sea Star Siegerrebetext
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Sea Star Siegerrebe 2017

Pender Island, Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia, CanadaPerfumed with lime blossoms, ripe peach, apricot fuzz and ginger spicing, this is a coastal streamline version of what can be a very heady, lush grape. If too chilled, this wine is tight and unyielding. When allowed to warm and relax in the glass, the wine opens up, and the jagged edges fade into an off-dry, lighter white, with a bitter kiss of anise on the finish.Prices: BC 17.30 Producer: Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards
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18 June 2018

Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignontext
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Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Agrelo District, Luján de Cuyo, Northern Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaBelow average temperature throughout most of the 2015-2016 growing season extend the ripening period well into late April. Ultra is always an elegant wine whose structure begins at its Vistalba vineyard, now over 80-years-old and farmed biodynamically. The site sits at 1050 meters above sea level and roughly 800 meters away from the Mendoza River. The first two feet of alluvial soils contain 20 percent clay but after that it is rock city. The stony mineral black fruit has a strong peppery bent in 2015 with some upfront freshness reflecting the cool year. Post ferment the 95/5 cabernet sauvignon/malbec is aged in French oak (1/3 into new barrels) for one year. There is a cool, savoury, umami demeanour here and some smoky oak but the black fruit is dry and showing some finesse and minerality. It will age effortlessly through 2026.Prices: BC 24.99 ON 20.00 Producer: Montes Wines
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El Esteco Fincas Notables Cabernet Sauvignon Cuartel 9text
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El Esteco Fincas Notables Cabernet Sauvignon Cuartel 9 2013

Calchaqui Valley, Salta, North, ArgentinaThe vineyard was planted in 1960 at 1700 meters above sea level. As you would expect, the nose is fresh with more red fruit aromas than black. The attack is similar with red cherry supported by cassis and lively acidity. The tannins are still youthful but light and run across the full length of its linear, stony mineral palate. Best with grilled beef at the moment but will improve with two to three more years in the bottle.Prices: BC 29.99 MB 23.99 Producer: Bodega El Esteco
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Felino by Viña Cobos Cabernet Sauvignontext
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Felino by Viña Cobos Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Mendoza, ArgentinaAlways reliable, the 2015 is a mix of fruit from Lujan, Cuyo and Valle de Uco with both red and black fruit attributes. The key here is the freshness of the acidity and the floral undertones that keeps the richer, intense, sweet black cherry fruit from being overbearing. Mostly balanced and friendly with alcohol just on the edge of warm. This is your Saturday night party steak wine.Prices: AB 24.99 BC 28.99 ON 20.00 Producer: Vina Cobos
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Pascual Toso Alta Cabernet Sauvignontext
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Pascual Toso Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Maipú, Northern Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaThis cab hails from 60-year-old vines in the Barrancas, Maipú District of Mendoza that present rich, soft, silky fruit textures laced with boysenberry and black raspberry fruit. The attack is full and warm with flecks of vanilla, brown spices and chocolate. The 2015 Is not particularly intense but it is ready drink with your favourite beef.Prices: US 28.00 Producer: Pascual Toso
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Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon Remolinos Vineyardtext
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Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon Remolinos Vineyard 2013

Agrelo District, Luján de Cuyo, Northern Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaFinca Decero is a vineyard that was carved out of the landscape from ‘scratch’ or Decero as they say in Spanish. The philosophy is less is more, to allow the character of the 3500-foot-high Remolinos Vineyard in Agrelo shine. In this case ‘remolinos’ refers to the whirlwinds that keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition. There is a certain Napa feel this wine, in terms of roundness and richness. The nose is aromatic and stylish with concentrated, ripe, spicy blackberry fruit with just the right dusting of coffee. It finishes warm but not enough to bother. Prime rib or lamb would be a very tasty match.Prices: BC 25.00 AB 22.00 ON 22.00 Producer: Finca Decero
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Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignontext
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Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region del Valle Central, ChileThick on the palate with juicy blackberry, blackcurrant, inky plum, smoked meats, pipe tobacco, dried violets, and dried desert scrub herbs. This bold cabernet sauvignon is much more refined in 2015 than in previous vintages, with the wood fading more into the background, and the alcohol fieriness capped at a respectable 14 degrees. Cab sauv from Rapel and Colchagua Valleys, plus 10 percent merlot, go into this powerful red, one that 55 percent spent in French wood (1st, 2nd, 3rd use) for a year prior to bottling. Tannins are big and grippy but softened, while cedar and mint scent the briefer finish. Well done to freshen and modernize this compact red.Prices: BC 23.99 AB 21.00 MB 20.00 ON 19.95 QC 17.54 NS 22.00 Producer: Montes Wines
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14 June 2018

Sea Star Ortegatext
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Sea Star Ortega 2017

Pender Island, Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia, CanadaOrtega is one of the highlight whites of the Wine Islands, and Sea Star's a veritable star. Pristine, pixellated acidity lifts tight perfumed citrus, lemon pith, white peach, lemon verbena, green melon, with grapefruit ringing on the finish. Streamlined, sleek, coastal brisk and vibrant, this is a beauty example, and style we should be championing. All this, and 11.9 degrees alcohol? Stock up now.Prices: BC 17.30 Producer: Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards
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Wallace by Ben Glaetzer Shiraz Grenachetext
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Wallace by Ben Glaetzer Shiraz Grenache 2016

Barossa Valley, South Australia, AustraliaThe 2016 has to be among the best vintages of Wallace we have tasted over the years, but then 2016 was special in the Barossa. It is definitely one in twenty, if not more when it comes to quality, thanks to adequate spring rainfall followed by a warm, dry, calm summer that led to plenty of time to pick. Now to the best part of all, there was abundant, high quality fruit to choose from. In the glass this 78/22 shiraz/grenache blend made from just under 100-year-old dry farmed vineyards is intense and decadent. Love the open florals, the smoke and licorice and the mix of raspberries and blueberries, all with a stylish acid/sugar balance. Juicy, not a word to use lightly with Barossa shiraz, is its calling card. Fantastic value and ready to drink.Prices: AB 28.95 BC 30.99 ON 26.00 Producer: Glaetzer Wines Pty Ltd
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Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraztext
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Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz 2014

Langhorne Creek, South Australia, AustraliaThe Directors’ Cut has always been a big wine and a window into the style and power of Langhorne Creek shiraz. The nose is rich and hedonistic with aromatic, meaty, black fruit. The palate is full of black licorice, black and blue fruits with a spicy, warm underbelly and a dusting of menthol. Tannins are dense but sweet. I suggest grilled lamb to tackle this wine now, or you can cellar it for three to six years. A blockbuster style made for a specific audience.Prices: BC 39.99 AB 34.99 MB 45.99 Producer: Heartland Wines
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Beyond Broke Road Heathcote Shiraztext
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Beyond Broke Road Heathcote Shiraz 2016

Heathcote, Victoria, AustraliaHeathcote, a dry central Victorian climate with cool nights and warm days, is home to this shiraz fruit. The maturation has been in older French oak for a year to soften the tannins without adding any oak wood flavour influence. The nose is slightly reduced under screwcap so be sure to splash decant. On the palate, it is all plums and mulberry with a lick of chocolate. Firm, spicy, linear, and warm, it finishes fresh with a hint of minerality. A solid hamburger red.Prices: BC 20.95 Producer: Tyrrell's Wines Pty., Ltd.
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Chapel Hill The Parson Shiraztext
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Chapel Hill The Parson Shiraz 2016

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AustraliaClassic McLaren Vale shiraz always starts with a generosity of rich fruit and softness, and this wine has all that and more. Sweet but not over the top, the palate is warm and fresh and the peppery, licorice fruit persistent. A pleasant surprise perhaps due to a maturation period in older French oak. Barbecue lamb is an easy match. Good value.Prices: BC 19.49 AB 16.50 Producer: Chapel Hill Winery
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Wakefield Jaraman Shiraztext
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Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz 2016

AustraliaNearly equal parts Clare and McLaren Vale, this deep, full and sunripened shiraz was cold soaked prior to fermentation, and then into American oak for a short stint before bottling. Thick on the palate, compounded by wood and super ripe fruit, this is medicinal black cherry, cassis, ample pepper and eucalypt on a dense, kissed-with-vanilla palate. Too much, of too much; if you're looking for an intense Aussie shiraz, devoid of place but full of intent (richness), here you go.Prices: BC 30.50 Producer: Wakefield Wines Pty
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Wakefield St Andrews Shiraztext
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Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz 2015

Clare Valley, South Australia, AustraliaThis wine contains some of the oldest vines on the family estate, one that was first planted in 1892. Ample and alluring red raspberry, mulberry, cracked peppercorn, is threaded with medicinal cherry / kirsch and lifted with a thread of potent acidity. Peppercorns scent the whole, and sticky tannins, vanilla-lined, prop this up. After fermentation and ample hands-on time, this spent 20 months in American oak prior to bottling. The wood is evident, but well integrated, leaving an additional lingering sweetness on top of the super ripe fruit. Dense and hot, but with élan, this drinks well now with richer beef dishes, but will reward with cellaring.Prices: BC 58.00 Producer: Wakefield Wines Pty
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Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2017

Western Cape, South AfricaRipe, dense and rich, opulent black fruit, cherry jam, resin and tar coat the palate of this syrah, mourvedre and viognier blend from sandy Franschhoek. Tannins are ample and supple, squeezing the sides of this full-boded red. There's a pretty floral lift on the end, perhaps a nod from the viognier, though the rest of this blend is weighted down with some charcoal dust. Certainly an easy grilled meat partner.Prices: BC 13.99 AB 15.00 ON 14.00 QC 16.80 NF 15.75 NS 16.00 MB 14.00 SK 14.25 NB 16.00 YK 17.20 Producer: Boekenhoutskloof
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Pirramimma Shiraztext
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Pirramimma Shiraz 2015

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AustraliaPirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by the family ever since. Geoff Johnston is the current ancestor, and winemaker. Pirramimma is an Aboriginal phrase meaning "the moon and the stars," which this what this wine reaches for from the glass. Expect a massive, hedonistic, ripe, deep and dense red with dark chocolate, mint and blackberry. This doesn't just suggest, it shouts McLaren Vale. Approximately 15 percent of this saw French and American oak, and the rest spent their time in stainless. Potent medicinal cassis, purple florals, ripe plums, blackberry wine gums and peppery spice take over the palate that surprisingly ends warm and just a touch lean which is probably a good thing. Pepper steak would be a fine match.Prices: BC 29.99 AB 29.00 ON 24.95 MB 32.00 Producer: Pirramimma
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13 June 2018

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Gut Oggau Atanasius 2015

Bergland Österreich, AustriaGut Oggau is one of the exciting darlings of the natural wine movement. Based in the small town of Oggau in Burgenland, Austria, the project was started by Eduard and Stephanie Tscheppe in 2007. The couple took over a 17th century winery that had been abandoned for 20 years, renovated it (including its 200-year-old screw press), and renewed the vineyards, which had benefitted from two decades' life chemical-free. They practice biodynamically, and are Demeter certified. Each of their small-lot wines have a distinct personality, so they've come up with an entire family tree of intertwining stories and characters, faced with striking label sketches by local artist Jung von Matt. The labels depict the human face of each wine, and remarkably, each ages and matures with each vintage. Atanasius is one of the children, a generation of wines meant to be lighter, fun and fresh. His is a blend of gravels and limestone, single plot and field blend 35-year-old zweigelt and blaufrankisch, fermented in large-format old wood where it remained on skins for three weeks. Post ferment the wine stays in the same vessels for one year, with no sulphur, until bottling unfined and unfiltered. Tight herbal raspberry, plum, blackcurrants on a finely dusty palate, lined with worn leather and housed with light gritty tannins. There's a perfumed wild raspberry that clings onto the drying finish. Honest, chillable, chugable.Prices: BC 50.00 Producer: Gut Oggau
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Gut Oggau Josephine 2013

Bergland Österreich, AustriaGut Oggau is one of the exciting darlings of the natural wine movement. Based in the small town of Oggau in Burgenland, Austria, the project was started by Eduard and Stephanie Tscheppe in 2007. The couple took over a 17th century winery that had been abandoned for 20 years, renovated it (including its 200-year-old screw press), and renewed the vineyards, which had benefitted from two decades' life chemical-free. They practice biodynamically, and are Demeter certified. Each of their small-lot wines have a distinct personality, so they've come up with an entire family tree of intertwining stories and characters, faced with striking label sketches by local artist Jung von Matt. The labels depict the human face of each wine, and remarkably, each ages and matures with each vintage. Josephine is an unconventional woman of the more mature generation, Timotheus’s second wife and Winifred’s stepmother. This is a blend of 35 year old, lower south facing gravel-sloping Blaufrankish and Roesler, fermented in used 500, 1000 and 1500-liter barrels before eight months' quiet rest in 500-liter barrels. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur. Deeper hued and darker fruited, with brooding mulberry, sweet cassis, spicing, and cracked cloves. Though the palate is mouthfilling, it has a lift and impression of brightness. There is some forest floor and earthy funk lingering beneath the berry fruit. Tannins are fine, firm and secondary. Contemplative and serious, while easy to drink.Prices: BC 67.00 Producer: Gut Oggau
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Katogi Averoff Xinomavrotext
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Katogi Averoff Xinomavro 2013

Nemea, Peloponnese, GreeceLight mint, crushed cassis, wild scrubby herbs and elegant purple florals fill this xinomavaro through the mid-palate. It's Barolo-esque up front, even pouring with a brown tint in the glass. However, as soon as you get to the finish, the raging grippy xino tannins take over, stripping this of easy drinking pleasure if you're not consuming with lamb or ribs. There's a lovely freshness that carries this compact wine, though those tannins require serious protein, or a day in decanter to mitigate now.Prices: BC 30.99 Producer: Katogi & Strofilia
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Claus Preisinger Blaufrankisch 2016

Neusiedlersee, Bergland Österreich, AustriaThis juicy blaufrankisch was fermented in stainless and matured in old, large format barrels on lees for six months before bottling. Black raspberry, red currants, black cherry is sharpened with cranberry acidity, and weighted with balsamic. At once both juicy and chisled, the acidity here wins out, driving this compact, tight red to a pointed, astringent finish.Prices: BC 23.50 Producer: Claus Preisinger
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12 June 2018

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Aalto Ribera del Duero 2008

Ribera del Duero, Castilla-Leon, SpainFrom the cellar. This bottle was gifted to me in Spain from Mariano García', ex-winemaker of 30 years of Ribera del Duero / Spain / world's iconic Vega Sicilia. He left VS to found this project. This special one is ten years on and presenting so youthful still, with the core of black cherry pure and strong, surrounded by worn leather, smoked meats, tobacco, charcoal, cracked peppercorns, all gripped by firm, very drying, iron-fist tannins. You can feel the sunripened fruit, once potently powerful, now fading out with Worchestershire spicing. Aalto is sourced from seven different villages across a variety of soils, with the age of the vineyard ranging from 40-100 years. This was aged for two years in French and American oak. Drink now.Prices: BC 69.00 Producer: Bodegas Aalto
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Finca de la Rica El Buscador Rioja Crianzatext
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Finca de la Rica El Buscador Rioja Crianza 2014

Rioja, Spaincorked.Prices: BC 31.00 Producer: Finca de la Rica
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Finca de la Rica El Guia Rioja Crianza 2016

Rioja, SpainFinca de la Rica makes this 95/5 mix of tempranillo/viura at a modest 13.5 percent alcohol. The fruit, 45-year-old tempranillo and 100-year-old viura is grown organically and cofermented. One quarter goes through carbonic maceration followed by a stainless steel ferment. The nose is reminiscent of ripe and tart cherries and currants, while the palate is texturally soft with ripe raspberry and strawberries dusted with brown spice and sagebrush (a little Okanagan). A wonderful food wine that would ignite a plate of jamon, olives, and dry aged cheeses. Real wine and fine value.Prices: BC 31.00 Producer: Finca de la Rica
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11 June 2018

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Cirro Pinot Noir 2015

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandMarlborough pinot noir has long been reliable, which probably explains why so few are sold in BC. It’s good to have Cirro in the market. There are fine aromatics here, led by a smoky, savoury, earthy nose of dried herbs over cherries and cedar, earthy notes. Soft and juicy on the palate with more of the same nose notes, plus more red berry fruits and rooty, earthy mushrooms before a touch of acidity poking through the back end. Perfect for mushroom pasta dishes or pork chops grilled on the barbecue. Ready to drink.Prices: BC 26.99 Producer: Viscosity Ltd.
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Thorle Spatburgunder 2016

Rheinhessen, GermanyThe new German wine order includes pinot noir, and the wines have taken a quantum quality leap in the past five years. The Thorle ‘spätburgunder’ is aged in 85 percent neutral German oak barrels mixed with 15 percent new French oak, just enough to give the wine a centre line. It is bottled unfiltered and unfined. The colour is pale ruby, the nose aromatic with savoury, mineral floral notes that jump from the glass. The attack is juicy and savoury mixing intense wild red fruits with dried herbs and ripe juicy cherries. An impressive mix of Okanagan and New Zealand with a twist of Burgundy. It’s the next world of wine. Duck fried rice and mushrooms would be a fit.Prices: BC 25.99 Producer: Weingut Thorle
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Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre Rouge 2015

Sancerre, Upper Loire, Loire, FranceThis 100 percent pinot noir Sancerre Rouge is grown on clay soils, which accounts for the middle weight in an otherwise silky, low alcohol red that slides down effortlessly. Only 30 percent of the wine goes into neutral oak barrels, and the rest is kept in stainless steel. The attack is fresh and juicy with a balance of floral, cherry fruit flavours and a light dusting of forest floor before a long, balanced, mineral finish. The perfect wine for grilled salmon steaks.Prices: BC 35.99 QC 27.35 ON 24.95 SK 33.97 AB 29.99 Mb 33.95 Producer: Franck Millet
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Cline Family Cellars Pinot Noirtext
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Cline Family Cellars Pinot Noir 2016

Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, United StatesThis pinot is all hand-harvested at about 3 tons to the acre. The fruit comes off three ‘Sonoma Coast’ sites including Lazy C Vineyard in the cool ‘Petaluma Gap’ and the Lazy P and M ranches located a few miles north. The sites are often fogbound in the morning extending the growing season and enhancing flavours. It’s aged eight months in 40 percent new French oak with a n additional portion of American and Eastern European barrels. The family id highly committed to sustainable agriculture. Look for a ripe, California style with rich strawberry and candied cherry fruit with smoky, spicy, vanilla undertones with a warm, earthy, black tea undercurrent. A style you can sip solo or pair up with salmon, grilled vegetables or even a favourite curry dish.Prices: BC 29.99 QC 22.60 Producer: Cline Family Cellars
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Ashton Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaAshton Hills is considered amongst the top pinot producers in Adelaide Hills, opening in the early 1980s not long after Brian Croser established the modern era of grape growing in the cool climate region. The Piccadilly Valley pinot is their entry level bottling containing fruit grown close to the winery and anything declassified from the estate and reserve bottlings, but don’t let that disappoint you. This is a delicious drinking, red-fruited red with a full, sweet pinot character, and an edgy, savoury, earthy underbelly. The textures are soft and spicy and it is very food friendly. Think grilled salmon and vegetables.Prices: BC 39.99 Producer: Ashton Hills Vineyard
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05 June 2018

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Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015

Santa Rita Hills, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, United StatesThe Brewer-Clifton pinot is a mix of three estate vineyard sites within the Sta. Rita Hills AVA: 3D, Machado and Acin. The style is intense and rich from a European point of view, but I might say restrained from a New World view. The nose is a mix of red fruit scents with a strong tea leaf undercurrent marked with a dusting of dried herbs. Think earthy/forest floor, raspberries cherries and pomegranate. AT B-C they employ neutral oak to better let the site show through. The use of stems is an important part of the structure and earthy characters of the Sta. Rita Hills fruit. The clones are a blend of Swan, Pommard, 667, 828, and the Merry Edwards clone. Delicious stuff.Prices: US 49.99 ON 69.95 BC 49.00 Producer: Brewer-Clifton
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Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee 2014

Willamette Valley, Oregon, United StatesThe 2014 growing season was really warm, yielding a generous crop and one of the largest over Sokol Blosser’s 44 years of winegrowing in Dundee. The dry conditions ensured a clean crop, dark in color. The winery takes 30 percent of the fruit off the skins immediately to maintain a level of pinot pureness. The blend involves each of the pinot blocks spread across the 85-acre estate. A richer style, this vintage offers darker blackberries, black cherries and brambleberries intermixed with savoury forest floor. The texture is lush with a touch of tannins to yet disperse, and the finish is long and persistent with brown spicing. Duck confit, grilled salmon, or pork belly would all be fine complements.Prices: BC 37.99 AB 26.00 Producer: Sokol Blosser Winery
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Eyrie Vineyards Daphne Pinot Noir 2013

Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United StatesPlanted at the hill crest of Eyrie's estate vineyards, Daphne is one of the oldest and highest elevation plantings in the Dundee Hills. In response to the harsh environent, the vines are tiny and scrawny (but strong) with tiny berries. The site, at 865 feet, was for many years considered too high for red wine. Thank goodness for Lett's not listening. Wild raspberry, cranberry stream through the slender wine. There's a lovely supple wild strawberry mid palate, lined with plum and meadow herbs, drawn tight and fine on the shimmery finish. So nimble and pristine, with a nonchalant lifted acidity which instantly charms. Youthful still, this has leagues to go.Prices: US 75.00 Producer: Eyrie Vineyards, The
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04 June 2018

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Novy Zinfandel 2016

Russian River, Sonoma County, California, United StatesThe Novy zin is an explosion of pure raspberry on the nose and palate with bright acidity and spice to balance. The secret is a stellar bunch of vineyards: Jensen Lane Vineyard (planted in 1915), the Limerick Lane Vineyard (planted in 1910), and the Carlisle Vineyard (planted in 1927). Old vineyards bring fruit like no other, but they also provide the acidity to keep the wine fresh. Even the prolonged drought in 2016 was no match for these deep-rooted vines, dry-farmed since they were planted. The juice is kept separate by vineyard to allow for a barrel selection of the best wine, aged in all French oak (one/fifth new).Prices: BC 46.99 Producer: Siduri Wines
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El Esteco Fincas Notables Tannat Cuartel 28 2013

Calchaqui Valley, Salta, North, ArgentinaIt’s easy to look at tannat as a rustic, tannic red, especially if your experience is decades old, but this full-bodied high-altitude red is anything but. The fruit is bright and clean, the acidity bright, and centred all with a floral, stony, almost creamy finish. It’s attractive to say the least. Finca Las Mercedes plot 28 was planted in 1993 and these vines are just beginning to sing. Any favourite grilled meat or stew works, but it has enough grace to work with pork or chicken as well.Prices: BC 31.99 Producer: Bodega El Esteco
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Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2016

Contra Costa, Central Coast, California, United StatesCline Ancient Vines Zinfandel has deep roots that go back nearly a century in the sandy soils of Contra Costa County’s Oakley vineyards. Old or ancient, anyway you cut it this wine has pedigree, but it can’t escape its warm site. The nose is slightly reduced with smoky, meaty aromas. The palate is awash in super ripe raisiny fruit with notes of cola and chocolate. Ready to drink, and your best bet is a side of smoky barbecue ribs. Pricey for what you get in BC.Prices: BC 31.50 AB 19.00 NS 23.95 PEI 28.50 Producer: Cline Family Cellars
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Bartier Bros. Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is an herbal edged rosé from Oliver and Summerland, and a dog's breakfast blend of cabernet franc, muscat, gewürztraminer, and chardonnay, whole cluster pressed and with five months on the lees. With blend in mind, you get the sense of competing flavours in this juicy rose, merging sweet, perfumed florals (roses, peach blossoms, apricot fuzz) with bright fruit (cherry, rhubarb) tightened with an herbal, balsamic, meaty element (think fennel salami). Cherry, orange, plum and blueberry lines the palate, and peppery spicing seasons the finish. Though somewhat disjointed, I can appreciate its bright juiciness (and moderate alcohol).Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Bartier Bros.
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Road 13 Honest John's Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA glowing dark magenta hue, this richer, off-dry rosé is a blend of merlot, gamay, viognier, syrah, pinot noir and cabernet franc. Padded with glycerol, this carries strawberries and cream, milk chocolate, apricot jam, pear cordial and cinnamon spicing. The sugar bump is noticeable, and best met with a very cold ice bucket. Simple, easy, full-bodied and ready for this summer.Prices: BC 16.00 Producer: Road 13
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Blue Grouse Quill Rosé 2017

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaThis year's Quill Rosé is a blend of 68/32 gamay/pinot noir from the Cowichan. Medium pale pink, with a slick of lees layering the palate. Wild strawberries, fresh raspberries is lined with orange and ringed with citrus pith. This has a creamy mid palate, and friendly approachability. I'm missing the zippy acidity of last year, but this easy pink will have many fans, rightfully so.Prices: BC 17.00 Producer: Blue Grouse Estate Winery
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Sea Star Blanc de Noir Rosé 2017

Pender Island, Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia, CanadaConsistently one of BC's top rosés, and the 2017 lives up to expectations. Pale salmon hue, slicked with lees and imbued with wild strawberry, raspberry blossoms, crunchy pear, cranberry and a fine lingering pink grapefruit and shimmer of spice. This year's version is a slight bit more supple on the palate, offsetting the crisp, coastal acidity. This is whole cluster, organic Pender Island pinot noir from both Sea Star's home estate, and nearby Clam Bay Farm. Perfectly balanced, fresh and food-friendly.Prices: BC 19.04 Producer: Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards
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Mirabel Rose of Pinot Noir 2017

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaDoug and Dawn Reimer own the picturesque east Kelowna vineyard that is home to Mirabel Vineyards. There is no production facility yet, so the wines are made offsite at Okanagan Crush Pad by the talented Matt Dumayne. The vineyard is a mix of French Pommard and Dijon clones, farmed sustainably. The rose is a result of the saignée process, essentially bled from the tanks of the big brother pint noir and left on its lees for six months. The colour is Provencal pink, supported by a translucent, bulbous glass bottle. The wine is a soft-ish mix of watermelon and creamy raspberry sherbet with a squeeze of citrus soaked herbs. Crab cakes is a favourite match.Prices: BC 30.00 Producer: Mirabel Vineyards
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Haywire Gamay Noir Rosé Secrest Mountain Vineyard 2017

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaWhen this note is published, Haywire will be the proud and worthy owner of the 36ha Secrest Mountain Vineyard, one they've been working with for years alongside previous owners, the Wise brothers. Its alluvial, gravel, calcareous soils have yielded some of the winery's most iconic wines. And again in 2017, it provided the grapes for this gamay rosé. A deeper cherry hue, this brisk and strawberry led wine carries salted stones, cherry, wild florals, textural lees on a medium bodied palate to a lingering salt finish. This shines when allowed to breathe some, rest and relax, as you should. Lovely purity and focus.Prices: BC 22.90 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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Spearhead Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

South East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSpierhead is now Spearhead Winery, a slight spelling change to amend to how everyone has written them since the beginning. This year's rosé is again entirely pinot noir, sourced from South east Kelowna's Gentleman Farmer Vineyard as well as Vernon's The Rise Vineyard. Deeper peach in colour this is a full, glycerol-full rose, off-dry and mouth filling. Watermelon, strawberry jam, ripe pear and a warming finish of cinnamon spice fill this big wine, once that could take on candied salmon, or just sipped very well chilled this summer.Prices: BC 21.00 Producer: Spierhead Winery
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Tantalus Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis medium-hued rosé is a 60/40 blend of younger vine pinot noir and older pinot meunier, the latter a rarity in BC. Partial whole cluster (pinot noir) lends complexities, while the skin contact (just under a week) on the meunier provides finely grippy texture. The whole is dry and juicy with rhubarb, raspberries and cherry, with a line of bitter bergamot and a wash of peppery spices on the finish. Love how this has tightened over previous versions, owning every bit of its 12.5 degrees of alcohol, but still having that Tavel generosity, allowing grilled salmon or wild mushroom matches. Drink often and liberally all year.Prices: BC 19.09 Producer: Tantalus Vineyards
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Lunessence Blanc de Noir Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPale pink in the glass with a bright strawberry/raspberry scent. The attack is sweet with intense strawberry fruit flecked with dried herbs and a crystalline lemon finish. A touch of oak adds some weight to the mid-palate. If you like your pink bright and sweet this is it, but just be sure to serve this well chilled or perhaps with a spicy pork/barbecue sauce dish. A 60/40 mix of cabernet franc and pinot noir.Prices: BC 19.99 Producer: Lunessence Winery & Vineyard
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Sandhill Terroir Driven Wine Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is a new release from Sandhill, and clearly identifies their marketing aims with its Terroir Driven Wine moniker. Though they've been closely working with single vineyards / growers and identifying them in the past vintages, now they're spelling their renewed vows out for you labelling this "distinct wine, distinct experience." In this case, the back label reveals it's grown by Nathan and Robert Goltz, from Sandhill Estate Vineyard and is a blend of gamay (73 percent) and merlot. The grapes are gently pressed, cool-fermented with selected yeast and aged in stainless. Pale in hue, with white currants, ample, thick lees, strawberry jam, light white pepper on the finish. A very well made wine. As for the emphasis on 'terroir', that messaging is best left to others. Walk the walk, don't talk the talk.Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Sandhill Wines
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Emandare Vineyard Rosé 2017

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaThis is a Cowichan Valley estate-grown blend of marechal foch, tempranillo, siegerrebe, malbec and carmenere. This is what Mike and Robin came across when they took over the North Cowichan Vineyard, one they've worked with minimal intervention. Deep pink hue, this is juicy blue and orange lined fruit, tight with balsamic / VA swings, and finishing with a short clap on the finish. Unlike the majority of their portfolio, I think this wine needs more tweaking future vintages.Prices: BC 25.00 Producer: Emandare Vineyard
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Unsworth Vineyards Rosé 2017

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaThis pinot noir rosé blends estate fruit with neighbouring Cowichan vineyards, all with six hours on skins before a long, cooler stainless ferment. This pale pink underwent full MLF and time on lees to plump up the inherently-slender Island fruit. Light cream, summer strawberries, wild raspberries fill this medium palate, one complete in its slight frame, and stretching far with pink peppercorns and subtle salts on the finish. Juicy, bright, friendly (for folks and food).Prices: BC 20.00 Producer: Unsworth Vineyards
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Summerhill Alive Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaTrue to name, this organic pinot noir rosé is lively and juicy in the glass. Sourced from their biodynamically farmed home vineyard in Kelowna as well as from other organic vineyard blocks around the Okanagan, this medium/light hued rosé carries wild strawberries, perfumed raspberries sprinkled with spice and bedded with stones. Finishing dry, with a slight bump of sugar offset by upright acidity. Highly drinkable, friendly and bright. Would love to see this under screw cap for maximum freshness.Prices: BC 18.00 Producer: Summerhill Pyramid Winery
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Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Syrah Malbec Rose 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis deeper magenta / plum hued rosé is a blend of organic syrah and malbec from the southern Okanagan. A full day cold soak on the skins has ramped up the deep hue of this saignée rosé, and apparently quite sunripened grapes have donated 25 g/l sugar to this off dry pink. Sweeter blueberry, plum, candied blackberries and ample cinnamon coat the palate, one light at 11.5 degrees but hefty with fruit sweetness. This needs a big chill, and would suit blueberry waffles or maple candied bacon.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Summerhill Pyramid Winery
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Chic Fille Pinot Meunier Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaChic Fille is Heidi Noble's new natural wine side project, and this rosé is her first release. Chic Fille can be translated as "cool girl", and certainly she's talking to all the cool kids with this line. This is entirely pinot meunier from Naramata's Pipar's Family Vineyard, destemmed and soaked on skins for two days before a slow, gentle pressing, bringing along some of the meunier tannins into the final wine. The must was allowed to hyper-ox before a three day cold settling, and two week wild ferment in 500L neutral oak puncheons. After racking off gross lees, this spent five months on fine lees before fining and bottling, with minimal sulphur through the process and just prior to bottling. Dry and juicy, with a sharp savoury edge, this draws rhubarb, red currant and cranberries along its slight (10.5 degree) frame. There's an ample twinge of balsamic and snap on the upright, pink peppercorn finish. Only 50 cases made; looking forward to watching this cool chick and her cool wines in future.Prices: BC 30.00 Producer: JoieFarm
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CedarCreek Platinum Block 1 Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIn 2017 the winery decided to put all its home estate Block 1 pinot noir into this rosé, harvested over two tries in September. Ten percent saw time in neutral oak to plump-up the texture while the rest remained tight in stainless. This is a graceful, pale pink hue, with wild strawberries and cream, perfumed raspberries and pink grapefruit rimmed with fine, dusty, sage on the finish. The palate is silky and cushioned with the cream and a touch RS, though the finish is fine rasped pink peppercorns, stony salty and mineral dry. This is an elegant, polished and serious rosé, befitting the Platinum name and tier. We would love to see the acidity pulled taut to take this next level. Food perfect.Prices: Producer: CedarCreek Estate Winery
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Sandhill Terroir Driven Wine Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaNew from Sandhill, a rosé labelled Terroir Driven Wine. We would have preferred they named the single vineyard it came from and include its location on the front label, but we quibble. In fact, the fruit comes from the Sandhill Sandhill Estate Vineyard (Sandbox would have been more memorable, but again, we digress). The 73/27 gamay/merlot is pretty tasty. It's all stainless and fresh, with an alluring red fruit nose and a slightly richer southern fruit reminiscent of strawberry jam, with bits of sagebrush and pepper.Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Sandhill Wines
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LaStella Lastellina Rosato 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaHerbal raspberry, cool cherry glides along a silken strawberry palate in this off-dry pink. The finish is astringent and snappy, welcoming food, and echoing with dried sage. A mix of 62 percent cabernet franc, 32 percent merlot, and six percent sangiovese from North Oliver, Naramata Bench, and Osoyoos Lake district spent four months on the lees in stainless. The gentle bump of RS stands out here, a bit offset against fuzzy sides and herbal seasoning. Best with grilled salmon or veggie burgers.Prices: BC 22.90 Producer: LaStella
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Kitsch Wines Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis organically farmed pinot noir rosé is a blend of two clones (115 and 777) from their very young East Kelowna vineyard, planted in 2014. After a little foot stopping, this was whole cluster pressed, given 15 hours skin contact and an overnight settle before fermentation with Provencal yeast. This was blended with free run juice left from the barrel aged pinot noir, which was wild fermented. The whole spent 50 days on the lees. Juicy watermelon, cherry, herbal strawberries on a creamy, lees-lined palate. A bump of RS works well with the impact of the berry fruit and the fresh acidity. Short and snappy on the finish, this is a likeable, friendly, drink-me-now pink to enjoy this summer.Prices: BC 25.00 Producer: Kitsch Wines
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Le Vieux Pin Vaïla Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaDried herbs, meadow grass, wild raspberry leads this pinot noir rosé, backed up with red apple on the palate, and apple blossoms lingering. This sees grapes sourced from vineyards in Naramata Bench, Osoyoos Lake, Okanagan Falls and Westbank. After 22 hours on the skins this is gently pressed and aged in stainless, holding tight onto the bright, crunchy grapefruit acidity on the snappy finish. Nice, tight, food-friendly option.Prices: BC 23.99 Producer: Le Vieux Pin
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Spearhead Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

South East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA name dispute has seen Spierhead rebrand itself to Spearhead Winery moving forward. The 2017 rosé is all pinot noir from south-east Kelowna's Gentleman Farmer Vineyard and Vernon's The Rise Vineyard. The colour is mid-pink, the nose a minty, herbaceous candied fruit affair with bits of citrus, strawberry, watermelon, strawberry, pear and spice. The finish is soft and round suggesting it can take on spicy sushi, ribs, or as Treve has suggested, candied salmon. We would like to see a little more elegance and freshness from these cool fruit sources.Prices: BC 21.00 Producer: Spierhead Winery
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Seven Directions Tractor and Vines Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSeven Directions is serious about pink. This rosé-only winery releases a series of single-vineyard rosés every year, sourced from various wineries spanning the length of the Okanagan. This is from a one acre lake-level vineyard in Summerland, and from ten year old vines. The pinot noir was crushed and cold soaked for only two hours on the skins, which is why the colour is so pale (every so slightly just off-clear), fermented cool and held on lees. An alluring nose of stones, wild strawberries, kiwi, Anjou pear, mandarin, with Asian pear crunchy acidity to texture and lift. The finish is lengthy and silken. Elegant, textural, interesting, and impressive.Prices: BC 19.91 Producer: Bottega Wine Studios
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Seven Directions Fruitvale Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017

West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe elegance on the palate of the Seven Directions rosés is highly appealing. This is not an afterthought label, but one of two single vineyard offerings celebrating pink wines and honouring the Provencal style. This is all cabernet franc from Osoyoos' Fruitvale Ridge Vineyard, now nine years old. The predominantly rocky shale site has yielded a delicate strawberry, watermelon, rhubarb nose that spills across the palate with a twist of orange rind. Delicious and terrific value.Prices: BC 19.99 Producer: Bottega Wine Studios
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Mission Hill Five Vineyards Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe 2017 harvest, lasted 66 days at Mission Hill and is characterised as one of extremes. It started late, was wet and cool early and then record-breaking dry in July and August shrinking the crop but intensifying flavours, reminiscent of the highly lauded 2009 vintage. This rosé is all southern fruit, mixing 45/35/20 merlot, shiraz and pinot noir with a light pink orange tint. Look for a fruity, red cherry nose with a whiff of pepper. Strawberries and watermelons dominate the slightly coarse palate. A budget and patio-friendly juicy rosé, perfect for a beet and goat cheese salad. Good value.Prices: BC 15.99 AB 15.00 MB 16.00 NF 12.99 SK 16.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Seven Directions Tractor and Vines Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSeven Directions is doing what no other winery in BC has thought about, in that they are totally focused on one style of wine: rosé. In fact, they are selling a series of single-vineyard rosés sourced from sites across the Okanagan. Tractors and Vines is a one acre, lake-level, ten-year-old vineyard in Summerland. The pinot noir was crushed and cold-soaked for only two hours, leaving a very pale colour. After fermentation, it is held on its lees until bottling. Alluring, enticing, inviting nose of warm wet stones and a palate of wild strawberries, kiwi, mandarin and salt. Love the acidity, brightness and silky textures. So impressive, so right and they aren’t clobbering you with price. Run, rush, hurry, it will be gone soon.Prices: BC 19.91 Producer: Bottega Wine Studios
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Mission Hill Reserve Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe mission Hill ‘Reserve’ are made on the premise, reflect the top 15 percent of their estate vineyards, and use at least 75 percent of the same vineyard blocks each vintage to ensure consistency. This 63/37 mix of merlot and shiraz is sourced from estate vineyards in Osoyoos. A crowd pleaser to the eye with its pale pink colour, the attack is super fresh. Wild strawberries and fresh crushed raspberries are mixed with candied lemons and enough supporting underlying acidity to make you want to finish the bottle. Patio ready.Prices: BC 20.99 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Dirty Laundry Hush 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThough this paler blush hue blend of merlot, pinot noir, and cabernet franc has a good bump of RS, it's held well by the shining acidity and matched by the juicy fruit. All whole cluster, part saignee (pinot) and part maceration (merlot and franc), this is off-dry strawberry jam, spicy raspberry and cinnamon on a round, medium-bodied palate, finishing snappy. Chill and enjoy this summer. Nice new tighter and fresher direction for the winery; keep it up.Prices: BC 18.99 Producer: Dirty Laundry
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Monte Creek Ranch Rosé 2017

British Columbia, CanadaDeeper day-glo pink, this off dry rosé is from the marquette grape. Strawberry jam, candied apple fill the soft round palate, akin to a cherry gummy bear. There is a warming cinnamon heart spice that heats the finish. This is a full-bodied, old school rosé, best when chilled way down, or even better over ice.Prices: BC 16.99 Producer: Monte Creek Ranch
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Rocky Creek Robin's Rosé 2017

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaDeep, day-glo pink, this pinot noir pink is from 20+ year old estate vines. After one day of cold soak, this was fermented in stainless where it remained until the following spring. Off-dry and blocky, with smoke, cherry jam, and strawberries, this finishes abruptly, lingering with a candied cherry gel note. The back label states, amongst other things, this is "Manly but sophisticated". I tend to disagree with both adjectives.Prices: BC 22.00 Producer: Rocky Creek Winery
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Black Hills Rosé 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is year two for this rosé made from only pinot noir. It’s less sweet in 2017 but still a full-bodied style rosé on the red shade of electric pink. The attack is a mix of strawberry, raspberry, licorice with a light dusting of sagebrush and tomato leaf. The palate is soft and sweeter, a touch of glycerol permeating the cranberry, rhubarb, strawberry and a lick of candy apple on the finish. Best with seafood or chicken salads. We'd love to see them lower the ripeness, lessen the RS, up the acidity.Prices: BC 26.90 Producer: Black Hills Estate Winery
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Arrowleaf Rose 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaArrowleaf Cellars would get my vote for one of the most underrated winery in British Columbia. Their location in Lake Country puts them just off the major traffic map but they are making a compelling case for northern Okanagan fruit. Case in point, this perfectly fresh, light pink rosé that blends 85/25 pinot noir / zweigelt grown in West Kelowna and Lake Country. The harvest of these grapes are specific to rosé: earlier and at higher acidity. The style is juicy, clean and floral with rich red fruit and mineral notes; think strawberries, grapefruit and cranberries. Despite some healthy acidity it finishes just off-dry with 8.5 grams of residual sugar. A warm patio is the best match all summer. Super value.Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Arrowleaf Cellars
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