Upper Bench Estate Winery 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 92pts

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $40.35
Alcohol: 14.3%
Production: 151 cases
Date Tasted: January 19th, 2018

Tasting Notes: The 2014 edition of the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunner. Sublime on the nose and palate with enchanting notes of menthol floating above layers of classic cassis, sour cherry, cocoa nibs and baked, blackberry flesh and seeds. Rich in texture and body and long on the spicy finish where toasted oak and clove linger. 


Ready to go now and through the next 3-4 years. Pair with a simply seasoned, filet mignon steak and roasted veggies. Drink 2018-2022.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Liber Farm and Winery 2016 Everyday Chardonnay - 87pts

Liber Farm and Winery 2016 Everyday Chardonnay (Similkameen Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $19 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.7%

Date Tasted: January 17th, 2018

Tasting Notes: An unoaked Chardonnay with plenty of acidic zip but far from a one-note wine with a lovely floral layer on the otherwise orchard fruit-scented nose and plenty of acid-grounding body on the citrus'n'apple infused palate. A touch 'hot' on the moderate finish where lemon rind and spice lingers briefly. Ready to go now. Drink 2018-2019.

 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Black Hills Estate Winery 2015 Roussanne - 87pts

Black Hills Estate Winery 2015 Roussanne (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: TBA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Date Tasted: January 13th, 2018

Tasting Notes: This (nearly) off-dry Roussanne makes an intriguing addition to the Black Hills portfolio, offering a blend of fresh, unpasteurized honey, apricot, canned peach, coconut flesh and stewed carrot aromas on the nose with a similar cacophony of flavours on the mouth-watering'yet'creamy palate where additional notes of spicy ginger and cinnamon applesauce present themselves. The finish is a little short and watering after the spice and stone fruit notes fade.

Sealed with a Stelvin cap enclosure to prolong the natural freshness of this Roussanne. Pair with undressed pork chops served with fava beans and theme-betrothed, cinnamon-infused applesauce. Ready to go now. Drink 2018-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

SpierHead Winery 2016 Pinot Noir - 88pts

SpierHead Winery 2016 Pinot Noir (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $24
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: January 7th, 2018

Tasting Notes: A bright and joyful Pinot Noir, a blend of multiple vineyard sites, blocks and clones, fruit-forward with raspberry characters dominant; from the sweet juice, to the tangy, fresh acidity and to the woody seeds. Grounded by earthy notes and smooth, lightly smoked tannins. 
Dry herbs and spice add depth on the finish where a touch of tangy cranberry lingers. Drink 2018-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Cassini Cellars 2014 Quattro - 89pts

Cassini Cellars 2014 Quattro (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC 

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $29
Alcohol: 15%

Production: 2200 cases
Date Tasted: January 4th, 2018

Tasting Notes: A fruit forward blend of 4 grapes, as the name suggests; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (percentages withheld). Enjoy layers of ripe, blue and red fruits, scented brush and vanilla-mocha on the feminine nose. The (mostly) dry palate follows with similar red and blue fruit on the entry and a soothing rush of spice mid-palate. The finish is dry with lingering baking spice notes and wild berry acidity.

Ready to go now of hold for another 3-4 years. Drink 2018-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca