Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Albariño - 90pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Albariño (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $18.99
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: August 15th, 2017

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Tasting Notes: Stag's Hollow is showing it has its 
Albariño program dialled-in, balancing the tart and fleshy elements of this Spanish variety, memorable for its sensual textures in the mouth including citrus-induced puckering, oily fruit and a touch of tannin on the herbs-infused finish. A real bargain at the >$20 price-point. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2015 Merlot - 89pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2015 Merlot (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here and select VQA stores
Cost: $28
Alcohol: 15%

Production: 300 cases
Date Tasted: August 15th, 2017

Tasting Notes: The ultra ripe 2015 edition of this Merlot from Lunessence squeezed every once of concentration out of that fire-riddled Okanagan Valley vintage. Elegance has suffered, but only slightly, with powerful blackberry, mint and toasted oak more dominant than integrated with the rest of the spicy, chocolate-raspberry and dusty tannin characters. Pair with sweet'n'spicy BBQ ribs
. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2016 Chenin Blanc - 89pts

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2016 Chenin Blanc (West Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $17.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 4000 cases
Date Tasted: August 13th, 2017

Tasting Notes: True to the house style and composition with 10% Sauvignon Blanc blended in to enhance the citrus, melon and stone fruit characters of this popular, Summer sipper. Fresh and vibrant with a crisp presentation and some body from smooth lees and canned peach notes. 
Ready to go now. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon - 88pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here and select VQA stores
Cost: $28
Alcohol: 14.5%

Production: 250 cases
Date Tasted: August 13th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A youthful Cabernet sourced from southern Okanagan vineyards from the fire-heavy, 2015 vintage with cassis fruit and blackberry seed aromas on the sweet spice-infused nose and with fleshly, blue fruit flavours on the mouth-watering palate. Prominent, b
rambly berry acidity lacks the smooth, toasted oak notes the 2014 vintage enjoyed skewing the balance a little sharp and lean through to a short finish. Yet, there is impressive intensity for a cool-climate Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2016 Pinot Gris - 89pts

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2016 Pinot Gris (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here. Select private wine shops
Cost: $20 (including tax)
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: August 13th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A partially oaked Pinot Gris with excellent texture and freshness thanks to its lively combination of apple, melon and pear fruit on the pleasant nose and the citrus'n'mineral kissed. slightly off-dry, creamy palate. Great on its own or with chicken and pork dishes. 
Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca