Monthly Picks: October 2010

Black Hills Estate Winery 2009 Viognier (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - $30
Medium-plus intense aromas of minerals, stone fruit, honey, aromatic flowers, peaches, tropical fruit, orange rind and light oak. Good continuity of flavours through to the dry palate with more austere mineral notes and a nice lingering spice on the moderate-plus finish.
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Fielding Estate Winery 2009 Viognier (Beamsville Bench) Niagara Peninsula - $30
The luscious nose offers intense aromas of pears and baked apples with lovely perfume notes and a vein of slate minerality. The ever-so-slightly, off-dry palate produces an excellent balance between acid and intense fruit flavours of melons, apples and tropical fruits.
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La Frenz Winery 2008 Shiraz (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - $28
The concentrated fruit aromas and flavours give the impression of sweetness on the intense nose and dry palate, masking any hotness from the alcohol.
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Stratus Vineyards 2007 Red (Niagara-On-The-Lake) Niagara Peninsula - $44
The bone-dry palate with its vibrant, juicy texture offers intense flavours of dark fruits, blueberry, leather, oak and gravel with just a hint of citrus. Bright, ripe tannins are a just tad tight at the moment. We recommend decanting for a few hours if drunk young.
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Two Hands Wines 2008 Gnarly Dudes Shiraz (Barossa Valley) South Australia  - $40
Tart and tannic at times, but oh so tasty. A sublime nose with layers and layers of complex, highly concentrated aromas ranging from sweet eucalyptus to spicy dark chocolate to savory toasted oak.
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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2007 Oldfield Series 2Bench Red (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - $30
The intense nose offers classic Meritage aromas of cassis, dark berries, dark chocolate, toasted oak and licorice with aromatic perfumed notes (thank you Cabernet Franc). The dry palate offers an echo of sweetness from the concentrated dark fruit  and toasted oak flavours.
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Special Event: Canadian Thanksgiving

Haywire Winery 2009 Switchback Pinot Gris (Summerland) Okanagan Valley - $23
The Switchback Pinot Gris starts with alluring aromas of juicy, baked peaches and minerality, with herbal notes on the nose. The dry palate offers both fruity and savory flavours of citrus fruits, pears and dried herbs. Pair as a white wine option for your roasted turkey dinner.
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JoieFarm 2008 PTG (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - $30
The nose warrants a few moments to appreciate. It starts with meaty barnyard aromas but gives way to cherry nibs and dark berries. Oak, vanilla and a touch of cotton candy add complexity to the intense barnyard and fruit ballet. Pair with roasted chicken or turkey.
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Le Clos Jordanne Estate Wines 2007 Talon Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Vinemount Ridge) Niagara Peninsula - $40
Elegant, developing aromas of dark cherry, raspberry seed, oak spice and steely minerality on the nose. The palate recalls the limestone terroir with earthy flavours, austere acidity and smooth, integrated tannins. Very Burgundian in character. Decant for 2+ hours before serving. Pair with your roasted turkey dinner.
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