Spier 2016 Signature Chenin Blanc - 87pts

Spier 2016 Signature Chenin Blanc (W.O. Western Cape) South Africa

Availability: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $12.49-13.49 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: April 21st, 2017

Tasting Notes: A generous nose of honeydew melon, 
Golden Delicious apple, stone and citrus fruit and macadamia nut aromas greet you on the nose of this delicious and refreshing Chenin Blanc from the Western Cape. Though it finishes a tad quickly, the lightly-spiced palate has good balance between its tart, citrus characters and its full-ish, creamy-esque texture. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca 

Kaiken 2015 Reserva Malbec - 87pts

Kaiken 2015 Reserva Malbec (Lujan de Cuyo) Mendoza - Argentina

Availability
: Special order, private wine stores
Cost: $14.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14%
Date Tasted: April 20th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Impressive balance and intensity for the price, the Kaiken Reserva Malbec is produced by the Montes family of Chile from Mendoza fruit and offers a blooming nose of dark berry fruit, charred oak and sweet pipe tobacco aromas followed by a mouth-watering, full-bodied and round palate with a combination of sweet berry and spicy flavours. Finished with a 
hint of mint. Enjoy in its youth with sweet'n'spicy, BBQ dished. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Bodega Finca Las Moras 2015 Dadá No. 2 - 85pts

Bodega Finca Las Moras 2015 Dadá No. 2 (San Juan) Argentina 

Availability: BCLDB stores
Cost: $13.49 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: April 20th, 2017

Tasting Notes: The 
Dadá brand by Finca Las Moras offers a series of blends and single varietal wines that are easy-going and very approachable. "No. 2" is made of 100% Merlot grapes is fruit-forward with a focus on sweetened blackberry and black cherry notes on the friendly nose and the (slightly) off-dry palate. Smooth and rounded with light tannins and acidity and a welcomed layer of toasted oak and mocha aromas and flavours - just as advertised on the label. Drink 2017-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Le Vieux Pin 2016 Vaila - 89pts

Le Vieux Pin 2016 Vaila (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: VQA stores and direct from the winery here
Cost: $23.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 909 cases
Date Tasted: April 15th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Le Vieux Pin's Vaila r
osé is the answer to the question, "How could one cool down on a hot day without loads of residual sugar?" This blend of 100% Pinot Noir grapes, sourced from the multiple Okanagan Valley regions, is dry and refreshing with excellent texture and a delicious profile of rhubarb, kiwi, cranberry, raspberry seed and layers of citrus fruit. The finish is long and mouth-watering. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Bodega Finca Las Moras 2015 Reserva Tannat - 86pts

Bodega Finca Las Moras 2015 Reserva Tannat (San Juan) Argentina 


Availability: BCLDB stores
Cost: $12.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: April 17th, 2017

Tasting Notes: The thick-skinned Tannat makes for a meaty alternative to Argentina's signature red grape, Malbec. Similar blackberry and plum fruit are on offer, but framed by smoky, olive-soaked, charcoal tannins on the dry, full-bodied, spice-infused palate. One could argue this wine is unrefined, but it is true to the variety and charmingly rustic. Excellent value.


Ready to go now, though, best after 4+ hours of decanting. Drink 2017-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Bodega Finca Las Moras 2013 Paz - 87pts

Bodega Finca Las Moras 2013 Paz (Valle de Perdernal) San Juan - Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $15.99-17.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: April 13th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A soft, rounded Malbec with light tannins and juicy, berry acidity. Full-bodied with a fruit-forward palate and bouquet; blackberry, plum, cherry, oak, vanilla-cream, licorice and light herbs. Pair with sticky, BBQ ribs.
 Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

JoieFarm 2016 A Noble Blend - 90pts

JoieFarm 2016 A Noble Blend (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Direct from winery here, BCLDB stores and VQA stores
Cost: $23.90 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 12.6%
Production: 6341 cases
Date Tasted: April 8th, 2017
@JoieFarm

Tasting Notes: Opens with a delectable nose of Tropical, citrus and orchard fruit aromas with a touch of clove and stonefruit supporting. This well-balanced, off-dry 
blend of 38% Gewurztraminer, 37% Riesling , 11% Pinot Blanc, 8% Pinot Auxerrois and 5% Muscat delivers an irresistible combination of tangy citrus and ripe exotic fruit, minerals and herbs. Light, spicy notes linger on the moderate-plus finish with traces of citrus peel and hay.

Further development is possible. Hold for another 2-3 years but not much longer than that. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Cape Barren Wines 2012 CMC - 91pts

Cape Barren Wines 2012 CMC (McLaren Vale) South Australia - Australia

Availability: Limited. BCLDB stores
Cost: $21.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: April 8th, 2017

Tasting Notes
Sourced from a single vineyard in McLaren Vale, this instantly appealing blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc offers good continuity from the complex nose to the approachable, medium-plus bodied and soft tannin palate with aromas and flavours of cassis, licorice, sweet earth, cappuccino, caramel and light menthol. Wild berry acidity and flavours linger on the long, spiced finish. A delightful drink. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Bodegas Escorihuela 2015 '1884' Reserva Malbec - 88pts

Bodegas Escorihuela 2015 '1884' Reserva Malbec (Mendoza) Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $16.99-17.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: April 7th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A doppelganger to the excellent 2014 edition, with a similar profile that combines red and black berries, sweet pipe tobacco, herbs and spice on the feminine nose and medium-plus bodied palate where the long-ish finish is nicely framed by fine, smoky tannins, rounded, berry acidity and lingering spice
. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

JoieFarm 2016 Rosé - 87pts

JoieFarm 2016 Rosé (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $20.90 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 13.2%
Production: 3169 cases
Date Tasted: April 6th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A delightful rosé with a pleasant combination of candied red fruit, dried herbs and citrus characters on the expressive nose and the nearly-dry palate. T
his blend of 75% Pinot and 25% Gamay makes a perfect sun-drenched patio companion thanks to its refreshing, cranberry acidity on the long finish where a touch of alcohol and lemon peel lingers. Drink now-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Pascual Toso 2014 Limited Edition Malbec - 88pts

Pascual Toso 2014 Limited Edition Malbec (Maipú District) Mendoza - Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $15.99-17.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%

Date Tasted: April 3rd, 2017

Tasting Notes: Fantastic value on offer with this tasty, well-balanced, easy-going Malbec from Pascual Toso. Smooth throughout, on the nose with a pleasant combination of blackberry, spice and menthol, and on the mild-tannin palate where similar flavours blend nicely with a touch of toasted oak. 
Pair with roasted, pork tenderloin dish. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Trivento 2016 Reserve Malbec - 84pts

Trivento 2016 Reserve Malbec (Mendoza) Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $12.99-13.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.5%

Date Tasted: April 5th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A cool, masculine Malbec with a slightly disjointed nose of black fruit, perfume-y-spice, menthol and pine sap aromas. The blackberry-infused palate starts fruity, then becomes bitter mid-palate, finishing uber-spicy with lingering charcoal and cherry-cola flavours. 
Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 89+pts

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $38
Alcohol: 14.6%
Production: 108 cases
Date Tasted: March 27th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A similarly spicy flavour profile to the 2012 edition drives the new vintage of Upper Bench's estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic, black fruit aromas are complimented by notes of toasted oak and leather and a strong current of sweet spices weaves through the developing bouquet.


The dry, full-ish palate continues the black fruit, oak and spice medley with the addition of dried herbs and sour-cherry flavours. Mid-palate the cocoa-textured tannins take over and push the dark fruit notes aside, leaving spice and charred oak notes to linger in a savoury, mouth-watering finish.

Could use another 6 months in the bottle prior to opening. Drink late-2017-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2016 Riesling - 89pts

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2016 Riesling (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $23
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 672 cases
Date Tasted: March 25th, 2017

Tasting Notes
Though off-dry, with 8.9g/l of residual sugar, this lovely Riesling presents (nearly) completely dry thanks to well-proportioned green apple acidity keeping the long finish balanced and very refreshing. Look for exotic fruits and creamy citrus aromas on the nose and vibrant apple, melon, lemon/lime and stonefruit flavours on the palate. Ready to go now. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Viñedos Emiliana 2013 Coyam - 91pts

Viñedos Emiliana 2013 Coyam (Colchagua Valley) Chile

Availability
: BC Liquor Stores
Cost: $27.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 20,000 cases
Date Tasted: March 25th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Emiliana's Coyam, a Mapuchen word meaning forest of oak, is a complex and earthy blend of 48% Syrah, 24% Carmenere, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Mourvedre, 3% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot sourced from an organically farmed, single-vineyard in the Colchagua Valley of Central Chile. Red fruits, both sweet and tangy, and spicy-licorice characters dominate the expansive nose and the intense, oak-kissed palate. Smooth tannins and clean acidity precede a long, slightly "hot" finish.  Drink now-2020.
  - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Masi Tupungato 2014 Passo Doble - 87pts

Masi Tupungato 2014 Passo Doble (Valle De Uco) Mendoza - Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $11.49-14.49 + taxes
Alcohol: 14%

Date Tasted: March 23rd, 2017

Tasting Notes: If you ever randomly daydreamed what a fruity, Argentinian Malbec crossed with a nutty, Venetian Corvina would taste like, 
Masi's Passo Doble would be the physical embodiment of your imagination. 

A blend of Malbec and semi-dried Corvina Verenese grapes, the wine is generous and inviting on the nose with aromas of dark fruit, spices and almond skins. Juicy on the entry with black plum and huckleberry fruit flavours, finishing dry, teetering towards astringent, with lingering spice and prickly tannins. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Michel Torino 2016 Cuma Organic Torrontés - 86pts

Michel Torino 2016 Cuma Organic Torrontés (Cafayate Valley) Salta - Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $12.49 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: March 21st, 2017

Tasting Notes: A delightful 
Torrontés with a clean, aromatic nose and a crisp, dry palate. This organic wine offers fantastic value with decent complexity and good balance throughout. Pair the medley of lemon, apple and tropical fruit flavours with spicy Thai or vibrant, seafood dishes. Ready to go now. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Michel Torino 2016 Cuma Organic Malbec - 84pts

Michel Torino 2016 Cuma Organic Malbec (Cafayate Valley) Salta - Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $11.49-12.49 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: March 22nd, 2017

Tasting Notes: Ripe and fruity on the nose, to be sure, but the blueberry and POM juice aromas also tend to veer towards Overdone Street during the initial quaff. The dry palate finishes watery after the plum and cherry-cola flavours fades mid-palate, though, a nice touch of spice and light, dusty tannins linger.
 Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Trinchero Family Estates 2012 Shatter Grenache - 91pts

Trinchero Family Estates 2012 Shatter Grenache (Vin De Pays Des Cotes Catalanes) Languedoc-Roussillon - France

Availability: Available at private wine shops
Cost: $17-25 usd
Alcohol: 15.6%
Date Tasted: March 15th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A powerhouse Grenache; full-bodied and concentrated with intense, smoky, black and red fruit and layers of savoury goodness: cocoa nibs, kirsch liqueur, garrique, toasted vanilla and charred oak. At 5 years of age, this beauty is ready to go now. Drink 2017-2019.

 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Erath Winery 2013 Pinot Gris - 88pts

Erath Winery 2013 Pinot Gris (Dundee) Oregon - USA

Availability: Available at private wine shops
Cost: $12-20
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: March 15th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Erath's entry level Pinot Gris is blended from grapes sourced from multiple vineyard sites and produces a paired down, "raw" example of the Alsatian variety with a subtle nose of apples, honeydew and unpasteurised honey followed by punchy, orchard fruit on the mouth-watering palate. Sealed with a Stelvin cap enclosure to preserve the freshness. Enjoy this wine in its youth. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Bethel Heights Vineyard 2014 Estate Pinot Noir - 91pts

Bethel Heights Vineyard 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills) Willamette Valley - Oregon

Availability: Limited, Costco USA
Cost: $32 usd
Alcohol: 13.4%

Production: 2000 cases
Date Tasted: March 14th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Often, the small lot or single block labels are the priciest and most sought-after releases from Pinot/Chardonnay houses as they are seen as the best at transmitting the unique characters of the terroir in question into the glass. However, the "estate" blends are often the most drinkable and approachable wines in the portfolio and can cost less than half the price. The 
Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir fits the bill. 

A blend of the winery's different Pinot blocks from their 100 acres vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of Willamette Valley. Quite robust, for a Pinot, with a classic, earthy/red-fruit base, dialled up to "11", and a medley of surprisingly compatible sweet and austere notes. Sure to please Pinotphiles both traditional and adventurous. Ready to go now. Drink 2017-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Taken Wine Co. 2014 Complicated Chardonnay - 90pts

Taken Wine Co. 2014 Complicated Chardonnay (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Costco USA

Cost: $12 usd
Alcohol: 13.9%
Date Tasted: March 14th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A well-structured and balanced Chardonnay with a lifted nose of fresh, orchard fruit and Spring blossoms with light mineral and oak notes adding depth. Full-ish palate is clean and crisp with mouth-watering acidity and plenty of citrus and peach flavours. Just a kiss of oak contact lingers on the moderate finish. 
Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Robert Hall Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - 89pts

Robert Hall Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) California - USA

Availability: Widely available at BCLDB stores
Cost: $14-18 usd
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: March 14th, 2017

Tasting Notes: An intense, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles with body to spare thanks to the concentrated, black fruit characters, oak maturation and (near) off-dry level of residual sugar. Thankfully, the wine finishes dry with lingering, fine tannins and spices. Ready to go now. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2015 Chardonnay - 89pts

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2015 Chardonnay (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and Private Wine Stores

Cost: $20.90
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: March 11th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Another attractive and refreshing Chardonnay from Okanagan Falls' Blue Mountain. Well balanced with both cooling and warming characters on the aromatic nose and the textured palate; minerals, citrus fruit, lees, nectarine, Spring blossoms and subtle oak.


Sourced from the winery's home vineyard and a blend of 5 Burgundian clones, this cool-climate Chardonnay receives a 50-50 split between French oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks during fermentation and élevage. Lots of lees contact along the way contributing to the effortless, full-ish mouthfeel the wine offers. Finish is moderately long and dry with a touch of lingering spice and lemon/lime. Enjoy now and over the next 3-4 years. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2015 Chardonnay - 89pts

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2015 Chardonnay (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $26
Alcohol: 13.7%
Production: 400 cases
Date Tasted: March 10th, 2017

Tasting Notes: 50% of this Chardonnay is barrel fermented and aged in new French oak with the remainder of the fruit seeing stainless steel exclusively. The result is a full-bodied wine evenly comb
ining characteristics of both methods, never feeling heavy or overdone. The natural, crisp acidity of the Burgundian grape is allowed to shine and is complemented by ripe orchard and melon fruit, tangy citrus, macadamia nut and mineral flavours. A touch of spice and brioche linger on the moderate, well-balanced finish.

Enjoy now or over the next 2-3 years and pair it with a wedge of lightly-smoked Gouda. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Noir - 88pts

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Noir (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $28
Alcohol: 13.6%
Production: 305 cases
Date Tasted: March 8th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Opens with a generous, fruit-driven nose with prominent, ripe, black cherry aromas leading the way and oak, spice and vanilla notes adding depth. A dry, full-ish palate follows with decent complexity, mouth-watering berry acidity, light tannins and a medley of red fruit, herbs and toasted oak flavours. Fruit fades quickly on the finish with only rustic, astringent characters lingering. 
Drink 2017-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2013 Estate Merlot - 90-91pts

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2013 Estate Merlot (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $38
Alcohol: 14.9%
Production: 116 cases
Date Tasted: March 5th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A sensual, black fruit and vanilla-infused Merlot with a potent backbone of sweet tar, spice and toasted oak. Finishes long and cool with lingering blackberry puree and dusty, fine tannins. Sourced from Upper Bench's home vineyard along the Naramata Bench, this Merlot spends 
20 months in 30% new French oak barrels prior to bottling. At nearly 4 years of age its maturing beautifully with more development to come. Drink now-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Chateau Des Charmes N/V Brut Sparkling Wine - 88pts

Chateau Des Charmes N/V Brut Sparkling Wine (Niagara-on-The-Lake) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $23.95
Alcohol: 12.5%
Date Tasted: March 5th, 2017

Tasting Notes: New label, same consistent execution. A
 traditional method Brut with fine, persistent beads, produced from Chardonnay and Pinto Noir grapes sourced from vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula by Chateau Des Charmes. Offers a nice balance between its tangy citrus and ripe fruit characters on the peaches'n'cream nose and the yeasty, brioche-infused, off-dry palate. Finish is lively and refreshing with lingering minerality and citrus rind notes. 

Lacks the depth and refinement of the more revered sparkling wines of the Peninsula, yet, at $24, you won't find better value in the market. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Malbec - 88pts

Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Malbec (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability: Wine club only. Direct from the winery here
Cost: $25.90 including taxes
Alcohol: 12%

Date Tasted: February 24th, 2017
@Bench1775

Tasting Notes: This Okanagan Valley-sourced wine is one of the winery's two regional Malbecs it produced for the 2014 vintage. The variety and vintage are the only characteristics the two wines share, with the Similkameen edition showcasing a robust, full-bodied profile and the Okanagan Malbec presenting a lean, masculine version of the French grape with blue fruits, smoky tannins and meaty tones. 
A solid pairing for rare to medium-rare steaks. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

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
@Bench1775

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

SpierHead Winery 2015 Pinot Noir - 89pts

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

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $25
Alcohol: 13.3%
Date Tasted: January 31st, 2017

Tasting Notes: A generous Pinot Noir, on the fruity and fresh nose and the medium-bodied, ripe'n'bright, berry-infused palate. Very consistent, year-to-year, with notes of raspberries, c
herry nibs, vanilla-spice, light oak and a hint of earthy stoneware. The moderately intense finish begins with rounded, chocolate-covered cherries characters, resolving into raspberry seed and cola bean flavours and a touch of lingering spice. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Chateau Des Charmes 2014 Gamay Noir 'Droit' - 88pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2014 Gamay Noir 'Droit' (St. David's Bench) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: S
elect LCBO stores. 2015 vintage now available direct from the winery here
Cost: $17.95 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 13%

Production: 790 cases
Date Tasted: January 31st, 2017

Tasting Notes: An aromatic Gamay Noir with a charming combination of fruity, floral and spicy aromas followed by a well-balanced, easy-going palate with soft tannins, red fruit and spicy-savoury flavours and a touch of citrus acidity.
 Enjoy this Gamay in its youth. Drink now-2018.
  - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca