Chateau Des Charmes 2014 St. David's Bench Vineyard Chardonnay - 88pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2014 St. David's Bench Vineyard Chardonnay (St. David's Bench) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $19.95
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 495 cases
Date Tasted: February 20th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A good vintage for the SDB Chardonnay with present, but not overwhelming, characters from malolactic fermentation and oak contact. Melons, nuts and citrus fruit dominate the flavour and aroma profile on the generous, chewy palate and the cool, more masculine nose, respectively.


Already three years old and presenting maturing characteristics. Ready to be enjoyed with seafood adorned, white sauce pasta. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Malbec - 90pts

Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Malbec (Similkameen Valley) BC

Availability: Wine club only. Direct from the winery here
Cost: $25.90 including taxes
Alcohol: 14.7%

Date Tasted: February 13th, 2017
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Tasting Notes: Bench 1775 produces two Malbecs, one sourced from the Okanagan Valley and this one, sourced from the Similkameen which offers a rich and succulent expression of the French variety. Robust, ripe dark berry fruit and supportive savoury-spicy notes grace the engaging nose while similar flavours and a kick of brambly berry acidity grace the full-bodied, silky palate. Finish has length and good balance with a touch of residual alcohol beneath the lingering spice. Ready to go now. 
Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

SpierHead Winery 2015 Pinot Noir Cuvée - 91pts

SpierHead Winery 2015 Pinot Noir Cuvée (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $38
Alcohol: 14%

Production: 327 cases
Date Tasted: February 8th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A delightful Pinot Noir, one of the Province's best, produced from the select few barrels SpierHead's winemaking team deem 'the best' each vintage. Rich and engaging on the 
vanilla-kissed, cherry-raspberry-earth scented nose and on the similarly flavoured, medium-plus bodied palate. Well-structured with smooth, slightly-earthy tannins and fine, berry acidity and finishes long with a touch of spice and lingering Black Forest cake notes, a signature of the label. Ready to go now, though, will hold for several years. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

SpierHead Winery 2015 GFV Saddle Block Pinot Noir - 89pts

SpierHead Winery 2015 GFV Saddle Block Pinot Noir (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $30
Alcohol: 13.4%
Date Tasted: February 6th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A lovely, feminine Pinot with good length and texture. Expressive, on the memorable nose, with classic, red fruit and cedar aromas accompanied by a hint of vanilla-cola and a blanket of soft spice notes. The dry, medium-bodied palate offers a nice balance of red fruit and savoury flavours that mingle effortlessly through to the long, spice-enhanced finish.
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2015 Gamay Noir - 88pts

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2014 Gamay Noir (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $22.90
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: February 3rd, 2017

Tasting Notes: A layered Gamay with good intensity on the brambly-berry and cinnamon-spice scented nose and on the mouth-watering and fleshy-textured, dark-fruit infused palate. Very s
ubtle oak influence is enjoyed throughout, supporting the fruit and spice characters. Tannins are light and rounded. Finish is moderate-plus, with a touch of spice and earthy notes lingering. Drink 2017-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca