Le Vieux Pin 2015 "Cuvée Violette" Syrah - 90pts

Le Vieux Pin 2015 "Cuvée Violette" Syrah (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $28.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.8%
Production: 1293 cases
Date Tasted: May 29th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Sourced from multiple, distinct Southern Okanagan Valley sub-appellations and blended together with 1% Roussanne to create a feminine Syrah with cherry and black raspberry fruit, aromatic, floral notes and a layer of 
sensual, savoury characters: white pepper, vanilla, green olives and sweet incense throughout. Medium bodied, yet, intense in its purity of flavour with a long, mouth-watering finish of spice, oak and wild berry acidity. Ready to be enjoyed now or hold for another 3-4 years. Drink now-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Syrah Grenache Rosé - 89pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Syrah Grenache Rosé (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $21.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.3%
Date Tasted: May 25th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache sourced from multiple sites in the Okanagan Valley grown specifically for this aromatic and lively r
osé. Excellent texture on the red fruit driven, well-balanced palate with added herbs and spice flavours and brisk, mouth-watering, citrus acidity. Finish is crisp with lingering spice and cranberry-citrus notes. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Finca Decero 2014 Remolinos Vineyard Malbec - 91pts

Finca Decero 2014 Remolinos Vineyard Malbec (Agrelo) Mendoza - Argentina

Availability
: Special order, private wine stores
Cost: $23.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: May 23rd, 2017

Tasting Notes: A well-balanced Malbec sourced from a single, high altitude vineyard in the Agrelo appellation of Mendoza offering layers of concentrated, dried, dark fruit aromas and sweet vanilla and crushed violet notes on the refined nose. Spends 14 months maturing in French oak barrels and neutral tanks (90/10 split, respectively) prior to bottling, contributing a lushness to the wine and rounding the edges of the tannins and natural acidity. Palate is smooth, concentrated and offers good continuity from the nose. A lengthy, spice-laced finish lingers pleasantly.
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Kaiken 2012 Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon - 89pts

Kaiken 2012 Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza) Argentina

Availability
: Special order, private wine stores
Cost: $24.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: May 19th, 2017

Tasting Notes: An ultra smooth Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Malbec blended in to contribute lifted blackberry aromas and flavours to the, otherwise, serious black fruit proceedings. Cassis and blueberry fruit lead the way with plenty of support from the spicy and savoury affects of 12 months prior in French oak barrels prior to bottling.


Offers, fine tannins and lively acid on the palate with a touch of smoke and spice that linger on the moderate-plus finish. Manages its 14.5% alcohol superbly. Starting to peak and ready to go now or over the next 2 years. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Kaiken 2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon - 86pts

Kaiken 2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Lujan de Cuyo) Mendoza - Argentina

Availability
: Special order, private wine stores
Cost: $14.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: May 20th, 2017

Tasting Notes: At 5 years of age, this well-made, budget Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza has already peaked with mature aromas and flavours blooming on the prune-spiked, blueberry'n'spice nose and on the similarly-flavoured, smokey-tannin, (nearly) off-dry, palate.
 Drink 2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca