Poggio al Tesoro 2014 Il Seggio - 92pts

Poggio al Tesoro 2014 Il Seggio (Bolgheri DDOC) Tuscany - Italy

Availability: Limited
Cost: $40-50 + taxes
Alcohol: 14%
Date Tasted: December 31st, 2019

Tasting Notes: A blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot, the Il Seggio sits effortlessly on the palate with no more than medium weight, yet, endless layers of beautifully balanced, savoury and fruit flavours. There is an overall elegance on display with silky tannins and a fragrant femininity. 
Ready to go now. Drink 2020-2024+.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2020 IconWines.ca

Argiano 2015 "NC" Rosso Tuscano - 90pts

Argiano 2015 "NC" Rosso Tuscano (Tuscana IGT) Tuscany - Italy

Availability: BCLDB stores
Cost: $29-35 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: December 31st, 2019

Tasting Notes: The "NC" on the label stands for "Non Confunditur", the winery's motto and which roughly translate as "Not to be confused with" in English. It's a nice way of professing that this wine is unique, and it does stand out for its earthy-smokiness and its touch of black pepper. A blend of (mostly) Cabernet Sauvignon and smaller parts Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese, this is a medium-bodied, yet, intensely flavoured wine that can stand on its own without the crutch of good food, though, as with all Italian wines, it is even better in the company of a finely paired dish like a blackened Porterhouse. Ready to go now. Drink 2020-2022.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2020 IconWines.ca

La Frenz Winery 2014 Grand Total Reserve - 91pts

La Frenz Winery 2014 Grand Total Reserve (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $40-45 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.8%
Date Tasted: July 16th, 2017

Re-tasted: December 31st, 2019

Tasting Notes: Built for the long-haul, with excellent concentration and refined, youthful tannins, this blend of 42% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc 
delivers an intense and powerful nose of dark fruits, menthol, Christmas spices, toasted oak with a hint of sweetness emanating from the ripe fruit aromas. The palate keeps to the robust-meets-restraint formula for this label with similar characters as the nose and additional, charming notes of mocha, leather and tangy, brambly berries. Excellent length in the finish where spices linger through to the next sip.

Put this one away for another 2-3 years to make the most of your investment. Drink 2019-2024+.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Re-tasting Notes: Has aged well to this point, but the development ceiling feels as though it has been reached. Youthful tannins have mellowed, as expected, and thankfully, the menthol notes have not faded away and still add depth and intrigue. Overall fruit profile has shifted a bit towards candied from its more brambly beginings. Drink now-2022.

- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2020 IconWines.ca

Viña Montes 2014 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon - 91pts

Viña Montes 2014 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon (D.O. Colchagua Valley) Chile

Availability: BCLDB Signature and private wine stores
Cost: $20-25 +tax
Alcohol: 14%
Date Tasted: December 31st, 2019

Tasting Notes: Actually a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, this dry-farmed, high-altitude beauty offers exceptional value, delivering classic, Cabernet-Merlot aromas and flavours of minty-cassis and smoky-anise. Dry, balanced and food-friendly with impressive depth for the under $25 price tag. 
Drink now-2022+.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2020 IconWines.ca

KWV Winery 2017 Cathedral Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - 87pts

KWV Winery 2017 Cathedral Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (W.O. Western Cape) South Africa

Availability: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $15.99-18.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14%
Date Tasted: December 10th, 2019

Tasting Notes: Dusty, smoky and very well priced, this is a savoury Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of herbs and spices, but not completely void of fruit thanks to a vein of toasted black fruit running through the feminine nose and dry palate. Pair with smoky'n'sweet dried meats or a charcuterie plate. 
Drink now-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2019 IconWines.ca