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Cupcake Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay - 84pts

Cupcake Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay (Monterey County) California - USA

Availability: Widely available at BCLDB stores
Cost: $15-16
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: January 15th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A super-chewy, oaked and MLF'd Chardonnay from Cupcake Vineyards, aptly named for its infusion of baked-goods-essence into their wines. This Chardonnay is rich, fruity and slightly sharp, in tone, with some residual sugar adding body and crisp citrus notes keeping the finish (mostly) dry and refreshing. Fruit and savoury flavours fade fairly quickly with only raw lemon peel and a hint of spice lingering on the finish. Lacks a distinguishing character. Drink this Chardonnay in its youth, it will not improve with age. Drink now-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017

Sileni Estates 2016 Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc - 88pts

Sileni Estates 2016 Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough) New Zealand

Availability: BCLDB stores
Cost: $18.49
Alcohol: 12%
Date Tasted: January 15th, 2017

Tasting Notes: The 2016 Sileni Sauvignon Blanc offers greater balance than recent vintages thanks to a more perceptible layer of lees and baked orchard fruit notes beneath the prominent citrus and mineral characters on the stonefruit-infused nose and textured palate. 
Enjoy this wine in its youth. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017

Sileni Estates Winery 2015 Cellar Selection Pinot Noir - 87pts

Sileni Estates Winery 2015 Cellar Selection Pinot Noir (Hawke's Bay) New Zealand

BCLDB stores
Cost: $19.99
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: January 11th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A vibrant, refreshing Pinot Noir with hints of savoury-earthy notes beneath the bright, brambly red fruit aromas and flavours which adorn the expressive nose and the mouth-watering palate. Medium everything, making for a well-balanced, food-friendly Pinot 
that will pair perfectly with lamb, turkey or beef stews. 
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Noir - 88pts

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Noir (Lillooet) Fraser Canyon - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $24.99
Alcohol: 12%
Production: 674 cases
Date Tasted: January 9th, 2017

Tasting Notes: This super-drinkable, single-vineyard Pinot Noir which manages to keep with the established house style of tangy red fruit and spicy-cola characters on the vibrant nose and textured palate. Sweet aromas and flavours of 
cherry, plum and raspberry fruit pair beautifully with savoury and earthy notes and the hint of Apple Jack cereal. A touch of residual sugar on the palate makes for an affable entry, though, a wave of wild berry acidity helps the wine finish dry. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2014 Cabernet Franc - 92pts

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2014 Cabernet Franc (Skaha Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from winery here 
Cost: $44.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.3%

Production: 1153 cases
Date Tasted: January 5th, 2017


Tasting Notes: A longtime, prominent component of the winery's flagship Bordeaux blend, the Red Icon, the estate grown Cabernet Franc is showcased here, for the first time, as a single-varietal release and delivers a stand-out performance. 

Rich and complex with sweet, aromatic aromas and ripe, brambly berry notes on the vanilla and menthol-infused nose, this Franc offers a well-structured palate with dry, grippy tannins, smooth acidity and a medley of dark fruit and savoury flavours: coffee beans, cooking spices, cigar paper, plums, cherry-cola and charred oak. Finishes long with lingering spice and oak notes. 

Drink now or hold for the potential of further development. Drink 2017-2022.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017