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Chateau Des Charmes 2013 Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard Chardonnay - 89pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2013 Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (St. David's Bench) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $21.95
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 239 cases
Date Tasted: September 28th, 2016

Tasting Notes: Opens on the generous nose and on the boisterous palate with comforting custard'n'fruit characters that will put a smile on your face. The initial creaminess is followed closely by a wave of mineral and tangy, Tropical fruit aromas and flavours which establish equilibrium in this single vineyard Chardonnay. Also find pear, 
Golden Delicious apples, honeycomb, melons, pineapple, papaya, lime rind, river rocks, grapefruit and oak throughout with a touch of spice on the moderate-plus finish. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2014 Sauvignon Blanc - 85pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Summerland) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Sold out at winery. Visit website here 
Cost: $20
Alcohol: 12.8%

Production: 58 cases
Date Tasted: September 24th, 2016

Tasting Notes: This Sauvignon Blanc opens with a muted nose with traces of hay, peach skin and apple. 
The medium intense palate follows with a touch of residual sugar matched by equal amounts of citrus and pineapple acidity. Look for light, honeydew, gooseberry, apple and stonefruit flavours. The finish is mouth-watering, but short-lived. Drink this wine in its youth. Drink now-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca

Bodegas Valentin Bianchi 2015 Finca Los Primos Malbec - 87pts

Bodegas Valentin Bianchi 2015 Finca Los Primos Malbec (San Rafael) Mendoza - Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $12.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: September 23rd, 2016

Tasting Notes: Though, initially, an in-your-face, sweet berry explosion, there's more to this 
Finca Los Primos Malbec than your expectations might have prepared you for. Starting with the nose, a welcomed dusting of pipe smoke is present while the palate surprises with a hint of mint and anise and finishes (nearly) dry thanks to generous acidity which balances the sweetness from the dark berry fruit. Enjoy in its youth with sweet'n'spicy, BBQ ribs. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca

Domaine De Beaurenard 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape - 91-92pts

Domaine De Beaurenard 2012 Rouge (Chateauneuf-du-Pape) Rhone Valley - France

Availability: Direct from winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $62.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%

Date Tasted: September 22nd, 2016


Tasting Notes: A harmonious and approachable 
Chateauneuf-du-Pape composed of 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Counoise and 5% Cinsault with a nice balance of fruit and savoury characters on the smooth scented nose and the vibrant palate. The developing bouquet shows dark cherry, brambly berry and black plum aromas blended nicely with garrigue and sage oils, cocoa nibs and burnt herb notes.

Similar fruit flavours follow on the mouth-watering, fine-tannin palate supported by earthy and herbal notes and a touch of spicy-oak, especially on the moderate-plus finish. Enjoyable now, with 2+hrs of decanting, though you'll be best served by being patient and drinking the Beaurenard further into its maturity window. Drink 2020-2022+.
  - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2015 Rosé - 85pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2015 Rosé (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Sold out at winery. Visit website here 
Cost: $TBA
Alcohol: 12.8%

Production: 250 cases
Date Tasted: September 25th, 2016

Tasting Notes: A juicy, fruit-forward, off-dry ros
é comprised of 70% Osoyoos-sourced Cabernet Franc and 30% Naramata Pinot Noir grapes. Some of the residual sugar is offset by cran-apple acidity, but not enough to keep the palate balanced and fluid. Prune and earth notes add depth on the long, dried-cranberry infused finish. Drink now-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca