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Bench 1775 Winery 2015 Chill - 88pts

Bench 1775 Winery 2015 Chill (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $18
Alcohol: 12.5%

Production: 1640 cases
Date Tasted: August 25th, 2016

Tasting Notes: Percentages of the components were left off this year's specs sheet, but Bench 1775's Chill is a pretty consistent tasting, pleasant, aromatic, off-dry blend of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier, Semillon, Guwurztraminer and Riesling. Both plump and mouth-watering textures at play on the Tropical fruit flavoured palate with ample citrus and pineapple acidity and a touch of minerality to balance the residual sugar. 

A crowd pleasing white blend for all occasions. Try it with Gruyere or Dubliner cheese and enjoy it in its youth. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2015 Chenin Blanc - 89pts

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2015 Chenin Blanc (West Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $17.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 4690 cases
Date Tasted: August 24th, 2016

Tasting Notes: A blend of 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from West Kelowna and Osoyoos vineyards, the 2015 edition of this popular, mouth-watering and pungent wine opens with a vibrant and bold nose of citrus, tropical and stone fruit aromas followed by lemon zest infused palate with alternating layers of smooth lees, citrus acidity, canned peaches and cool, river stone minerality. 
The finish is long with a touch of lingering spice. Ready to go now. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016

SpierHead Winery 2015 Riesling - 90pts

SpierHead Winery 2015 Riesling (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and select VQA stores
Cost: $20 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 12.4%
Production: 228 cases
Date Tasted: August 18th, 2016

Tasting Notes: East Kelowna's SpierHead Winery produces a trio of Pinot Noir wines yearly and clearly sees the Burgundian grape as its flagship product, however, their unheralded, Riesling is consistently excellent and worthy of greater attention. Crisp, mineral-y and refined with a vibrant, steely nose of stony-apples, pear skins, key lime, light, unpasteurised honey and apricots. Followed by a mouth-watering palate of melon, mineral and citrus flavours with a touch of spice lingering on the long finish.

A serious, reflective Riesling to be enjoyed with hard cheeses whilst contemplating the difference between fate and self-fulfilling prophecy, because....

"Everything happens for a Riesling"
                                                     - Facebook Meme

Drink now-2019+.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2015 Riesling - 89pts

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2015 Riesling (Lillooet) Fraser Canyon - BC

: Direct from winery here VQA stores and BCLDB stores
Cost: $16.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 1184 cases
Date Tasted: August 9th, 2016

Tasting Notes: A distinct, terroir-driven, off-dry Riesling with a lovely combination of Mott's fruit cup and stonefruit aromas and flavours and a signature, 
effervescent green apple and citrus acidity that livens the mouth feel and lingers on the otherwise, lightly-spiced finish. Oh so consistent. Enjoy now or over the next 4-5 years. Drink now-2021. 
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016

Stag's Hollow Winery 2013 Tempranillo - 90pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2013 Tempranillo (Okanagan Valley) BC

: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $25.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.6%
Date Tasted: August 9th, 2016


Tasting Notes: A rare variety for the Okanagan Valley with only a handful of vineyards planted to Tempranillo. The Stag's Hollow version of the Spanish vine is sourced from multiple sites in Naramata, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls all with different soil types and aspects. Yet, blended (with 
9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah and 2% Petit Verdot) the separate lots, together, form an expressive wine bursting with warmth and depth, first on the nose where a fragrant mixture of sweet potpourri and fresh flower aromas are joined by a prominent layer of sun-ripened blackberry and spice plum fruit and notes of pipe smoke. Then followed by a dark berry fruit-infused palate with a nice balance of sweet and savoury flavours, smooth tannins and mellow, wild berry acidity. The moderate finish is full of spice and light tobacco notes. Delicious. 

No need to cellar this one away, enjoy it in its youth. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016