Maverick Estate Winery 2013 Elle - 91pts

Maverick Estate Winery 2013 Elle (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: 2013 vintage sold out. Visit winery here for next vintage
Cost: $35
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 500 cases
Date Tasted: August 18th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A traditional method sparkling wine with a beautiful, bronze hue made from a 80/20 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, respectively, sourced from the winery's home vineyard along the Golden Mile Bench. A very French, yeasty bubbly with a kiss of candied fruit followed swiftly by mouthwatering, grapefruit acidity and a touch of spice and mineral notes. 
Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Albariño - 90pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Albariño (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $18.99
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: August 15th, 2017

@Stagshollow

Tasting Notes: Stag's Hollow is showing it has its 
Albariño program dialled-in, balancing the tart and fleshy elements of this Spanish variety, memorable for its sensual textures in the mouth including citrus-induced puckering, oily fruit and a touch of tannin on the herbs-infused finish. A real bargain at the >$20 price-point. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2015 Merlot - 89pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2015 Merlot (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here and select VQA stores
Cost: $28
Alcohol: 15%

Production: 300 cases
Date Tasted: August 15th, 2017

Tasting Notes: The ultra ripe 2015 edition of this Merlot from Lunessence squeezed every once of concentration out of that fire-riddled Okanagan Valley vintage. Elegance has suffered, but only slightly, with powerful blackberry, mint and toasted oak more dominant than integrated with the rest of the spicy, chocolate-raspberry and dusty tannin characters. Pair with sweet'n'spicy BBQ ribs
. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2016 Chenin Blanc - 89pts

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2016 Chenin Blanc (West Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $17.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 4000 cases
Date Tasted: August 13th, 2017

Tasting Notes: True to the house style and composition with 10% Sauvignon Blanc blended in to enhance the citrus, melon and stone fruit characters of this popular, Summer sipper. Fresh and vibrant with a crisp presentation and some body from smooth lees and canned peach notes. 
Ready to go now. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon - 88pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here and select VQA stores
Cost: $28
Alcohol: 14.5%

Production: 250 cases
Date Tasted: August 13th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A youthful Cabernet sourced from southern Okanagan vineyards from the fire-heavy, 2015 vintage with cassis fruit and blackberry seed aromas on the sweet spice-infused nose and with fleshly, blue fruit flavours on the mouth-watering palate. Prominent, b
rambly berry acidity lacks the smooth, toasted oak notes the 2014 vintage enjoyed skewing the balance a little sharp and lean through to a short finish. Yet, there is impressive intensity for a cool-climate Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2016 Pinot Gris - 89pts

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2016 Pinot Gris (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here. Select private wine shops
Cost: $20 (including tax)
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: August 13th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A partially oaked Pinot Gris with excellent texture and freshness thanks to its lively combination of apple, melon and pear fruit on the pleasant nose and the citrus'n'mineral kissed. slightly off-dry, creamy palate. Great on its own or with chicken and pork dishes. 
Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Calliope Wines 2016 Viognier - 87pts

Calliope Wines 2016 Viognier (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $15.99
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: August 12th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Made from grapes sourced from Osoyoos and Oliver vineyards, this 'budget' Viognier opens with ripe pear and candied orchard fruit aromas and a hint of oak and lees notes from 35% of the juice fermenting in oak barrels. The palate is ever-so-slightly off-dry with both rounded apricot and nectarine fruit and edgy, citrus and hard white peach flavours; a contrast of textures that mostly works. Mineral, citrus peel and herb notes linger on the moderate, slightly sharp finish.
 Drink now-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2014 Oldfield Reserve Merlot - 92pts

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2014 Oldfield Reserve Merlot (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: (Not yet released) Direct from winery here
Cost: $26.99 + taxes (Est.)
Alcohol: 14.5%

Production: 1536
Date Tasted: August 7th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Benefiting from an exceptional Southern Okanagan Valley vintage for Bordeaux varieties and fine craftsmanship, the 2014 edition of the Oldfield Reserve (formally, Oldfield Series) is their best yet. Sourced from their Black Sage Bench vineyard and blended with 15% Cabernet Franc, this already 3 year old Merlot offers an expressive nose of maturing aromas: blue and red fruits, Nutella, black raspberry seeds and caramelized vanilla. 


The feminine notes continue on the fine tannin and brambly, yet, creamy palate where ripe blackberry meets spicy oak in a symbiotic symphony of flavour. The finish is long and smooth with a touch of lingering menthol. Ready to go now. Drink 2017-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2016 Oldfield Reserve 2Bench White - 90pts

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2016 Oldfield Reserve 2Bench White (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $19.99
Alcohol: 13.5%

Date Tasted: August 4th, 2017

@TinhornCreek

Tasting Notes: The make-up of this beautiful blend changes, year-to-year, reflecting what the vineyard yields, season-to-season, making the 2Bench White, a new, yet, stylistically familiar discovery each vintage. 


The 2016 is comprised of 47% Sauvignon Blanc, 17%Semillon, 16% Viognier, 14% Chardonnay and 6% Muscat delivering a nice combination of refreshing, citrus and opulent, melon fruit on the pleasant, lightly aromatic nose and on the refreshing, lightly sweetened palate where spicy notes linger on the moderate finish and fresh, peach acidity heightens your anticipation of the next sip. Yummy! Drink now- 2019.
  - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Stag's Hollow Winery 2014 Merlot - 87pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2014 Merlot (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $18.99
Alcohol: 14.2%
Date Tasted: August 3rd, 2017

Tasting Notes: A rip-roarin', well-priced Merlot and Petit Verdot blend (95-5 split) with loads of ripe, black berry and plum fruit aromas and flavours throughout. Intense on the spice and vanilla-infused nose and palate with mannered tannins and a touch of residual sugar and 14.2% alcohol contributing body and creamy texture. An excellent companion for BBQ Chicken or Pork Ribs. 
Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Bodegas Escorihuela 2016 '1884' Reserva Malbec - 89pts

Bodegas Escorihuela 2016 '1884' Reserva Malbec (Mendoza) Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $16.99-17.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.5%
Date Tasted: August 1st, 2017

Tasting Notes: The run of excellent releases of the '1884' Malbec continues with the concentrated and ripe 2016 edition. Feminine and spicy with plenty of intense, blue fruits and sweet pipe tobacco aromas which carry through to the generous, similarly flavoured palate where smoke-kissed tannins and wild berry acidity frame the moderate finish.


Enjoy this Malbec with smokey'n'sticky BBQ meats. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2016 Pinot Blanc - 89pts

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2016 Pinot Blanc (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and private wine shops
Cost: $17.90
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: July 30th, 2017

Tasting Notes: The 2016 edition stays true to the house style for this Alsatian variety; a near fifty-fifty blend of stainless steel and barrel fermented and aged fruit that produces 
delicate, whimsical, sweet fruit and fresh-off-the-tree acidity with hints of lees, citrus, minerals and light floral notes. Finish is generous and long. Absolutely fantastic value. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2016 Pinot Blanc Oraniensteiner - 89pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2016 Pinot Blanc Oraniensteiner (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Visit website here 
Cost: $22
Alcohol: 13.5%

Production: 270 cases
Date Tasted: July 27th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A blend of opulent, sun-kissed Pinot Blanc and tangy, acidic Oraniensteiner, sourced from the Naramata Bench, producing a rich and refreshing, off-dry wine with
 Mott's fruit cup, melon and stone fruit characters on the appealing nose and on the mouth-watering, spicy palate. Long finish is nicely concentrated, though, a tad hot with lingering citrus rind notes. Drink this wine in its youth, there will be another tasty vintage next year. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Stag's Hollow Winery N/V Muscat Frizzante - 88pts

Stag's Hollow Winery N/V Muscat Frizzante (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $22 + taxes
Alcohol: 11%
Date Tasted: July 27th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A blend of grapes from multiple sites and vintages; 57% Muscat Ottonel and 5% Orange Muscat from 2016  and 38% Riesling from 2015 which received extended lees contact post-fermentation. Made Frizzante by forced carbonation prior to bottling, this sparkling wine is mostly, a light and fizzy Summertime treat with soft, floral notes and tangy citrus and orchard fruit aromas and flavours. Though, with time in the glass, layers of lees and richer fruit like melons and peaches appear. A light and fruity alternative to Traditional Method sparkling wines to be enjoyed in its youth. 
Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2016 Dry Riesling - 87pts

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2016 Dry Riesling (West Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $15.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 12%
Production: 5935 cases
Date Tasted: July 26th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A consistently well-produced (mostly) dry Riesling from West Kelowna's Quails' Gate Estate Winery. Refreshingly crisp and tangy with plenty of citrus and Jazz apple aromas and flavours on the floral and mineral-y nose and the vibrant, mouth-watering palate. Not overly complex or refined, but excels in its straight-forwardness and value for money in the under $20 category.
 Drink now-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Fairview Cellars 2011 Iconoclast - 92pts

Fairview Cellars 2011 Iconoclast (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Cellar door
Cost: $120
Alcohol: 13.9%
Date Tasted: July 6th, 2017

Tasting Notes
Each year, Winemaker and proprietor Bill Eggert selects 4 of his best barrels of his home vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon to put aside and hold for a true estate reserve, christened the label his 'Iconoclast'.  Released "when ready" the 2011, showing brooding dark and blue fruit on the pruny-nutty nose and the spicy-acerbic, dry palate, has yet to be added to the portfolio, even at 6 years of age, though, this is likely to change soon for a late-Summer 2017 release.

The cooler 2011 season has impugned substantial natural acid into the wine which has begun to harmonize with the powerful, concentrated fruit, oak and other savoury notes. When finally released, this is a drink now or within the next 2-4 years Cabernet. Drink 2017-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Sperling Vineyards 2013 Old Vines Riesling - 89-91pts

Sperling Vineyards 2013 Old Vines Riesling (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $30
Alcohol: 12.1%
Production: 210 cases
Date Tasted: July 23rd, 2017

Tasting Notes:  Opens with a complex nose offering citrus and pear fruit mingling with mineral and perfume aromas and with a burgeoning susurrus of petrol notes. 
The fruit'n'mineral palate follows, and is the star attraction with an excellent balance between its off-dry sweetness and tangy citrus acidity. 

At 4 years of age, this golden-straw hued Riesling, sourced from nearly 40 year old vines, is already showing signs of development with hints of more to come making this a wine a great option for the cellar. Drink 2019-2023.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2014 Oldfield Reserve Cabernet Franc - 92pts

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2014 Oldfield Reserve Cabernet Franc (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Not yet released. Direct from winery here when it is
Cost: $TBA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: July 22nd, 2017

Tasting Notes: Now a few years into their reserve program for Cabernet Franc, Tinhorn has produced their best vintage yet. The elegance and concentration 
has reached new heights in 2014 with a complex nose of wild berry, flowers, spice-box, cola, black plum and tobacco aromas and a smooth'n'spicy palate of similar flavours and lightly smoked tannins. The finish is very long with lingering spice and berry notes lasted a minute-plus. Thanks to the heightened concentration, the 14.5% alcohol is masked and integrated nicely.

As with all of the Oldfield Reserve wines, this Cabernet Franc has been released when it is ready to be enjoyed but will also feel at home in your cellar for another 2-3 years. Drink 2017-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

On a side note: This Cabernet Franc is blended with 15% Merlot which may account for added roundness mid-palate and more prominent berry notes.

SpierHead Winery 2016 Riesling - 90pts

SpierHead Winery 2016 Riesling (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and select VQA stores
Cost: $21 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 12.4%
Production: 222 cases
Date Tasted: July 20th, 2017

Tasting Notes: One of the most consistently yummy and refreshing Riesling in the Okanagan, SpierHead 2016 edition is refined and concise with a vibrant nose of citrus and orchard fruits, steely, mineral aromas and light, signature notes of raw honey and lime peel.

A crisp palate follows with a touch of residual sugar up-front and layers of apple, melon, mineral and citrus flavours mid-palate and through to the long, mouth-watering, long finish where hints of spice and lime peel linger. Drink now-2021+.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2016 Chasselas Pinot Blanc Pinot Gris - 87pts

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2016 Chasselas Pinot Blanc Pinot Gris (West Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here, BCLDB Stores and VQA stores
Cost: $17.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 12%
Production: 18,848 cases
Date Tasted: July 17th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A dry, floral and textured blend of 60
 % Chasselas, 20% Pinot Blanc, and 20% Pinot Gris with an intriguing profile of apples, stone fruits and vegetal notes. Has a firm, mineral backbone and hints of tropical fruits adding a bit of complexity. Enjoy this wine in its youth. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

La Frenz Winery 2014 Grand Total Reserve - 91-93pts

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

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

Black Hills Estate Winery 2016 Alibi - 89pts

Black Hills Estate Winery 2016 Alibi (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Direct from winery here and select VQA and private wine stores
Cost: $25 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.2%
Date Tasted: July 14th, 2017

@blackhillswine

Tasting Notes: A rich and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc thanks to the inclusion of 25% Semillon which contributes apricot and nectarine aromas and flavours to the profile of white peach, lemongrass and zesty, mineral-y lemons. Finishes dry with lingering tangy citrus peel and herb notes.
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Sauvignon Blanc - 88pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $18.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.9%
Date Tasted: July 12th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Beautifully stinky. Not quite a full New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but there's some nice pungent notes mixed in to the aromatics, the citrus and Tropical fruit and the mineral aromas. 
A dry, vibrant palate follows with mouth-watering, citrus acidity, tangy, Tropical fruit flavours and plenty of texture, ideal for your casual Summer Sipping. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2016 Gewurztraminer - 87pts

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2016 Gewurztraminer (West Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $15.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 7450 cases
Date Tasted: July 10th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A leaner example of the Alsatian grape when compared to the opulent Goo of other Okanagan Estates, 
with classic aromas of lychee, apples, peaches and orange blossoms. The (somewhat) dry palate adds mineral and citrus flavours into the mix, complimenting the orchard and exotic fruit characters. Classic spice dominates the moderate finish where a dollop of citrus tang makes your mouth water, ready for the next sip. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Longview 2012 Devil's Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon - 91pts

Longview 2012 Devil's Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon (Adelaide Hills) South Australia - Australia

Availability: BCLDB stores
Cost: $23-26 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: July 11th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Concentrated on the menthol'n'cassis infused nose and on the fine-tannin, lengthy palate. 
Offers an off-dry entry with an explosion of sun-warmed blue fruits followed by waves of vibrant, berry acidity and savoury flavours of oak, licorice and more menthol. Finishes dry with lingering blackberry puree and spices. Intense, yet balanced. Ready to go now at already 5 years of age. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Eagle Bluff Vineyards 2015 Crooked Post Pinot Noir - 90pts

Eagle Bluff Vineyards 2015 Crooked Post Pinot Noir (McIntyre Bluff) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Contact winery directly here
Cost: $25
Alcohol: 13.8%

Production: 
Date Tasted: July 10th, 2017
@FairviewCellars


Tasting Notes: Fairview's approachable-now, medium-everything Pinot Noir, produced under the Eagle Bluff Vineyards label, offers a nice blend of ripe and brambly red fruits with layers of earthy and savoury notes; cherry, raspberry skin, huckleberry, sun-warmed rocky soil and mellow spice. Acid is on-point and punctuates the long finish where light herbs and spice linger. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

River Stone Estate Winery 2016 Pinot Gris - 89pts

River Stone Estate Winery 2016 Pinot Gris (Oliver) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Direct from winery here
Cost: $20 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 14.1%

Production: 230 cases
Date Tasted: July 10th, 2017
@drinkriverstone

Tasting Notes
Sometimes, when tasting Pinot Gris, you get the sense that the other labels in the winery's portfolio received more attention and nurturing than the Alsatian grape, even though it's the most planted white varietal of the valley. Gris, too often, gets treated like the proverbial middle-child of the Okanagan.

Thankfully, this is not the case with River Stone's example which has been thoroughly constructed resulting in a well-balanced, un-oaked-yet-rich wine with a vibrant, punchy nose, crisp acidity and plenty of apple, citrus and mineral aromas and flavours. The richness comes from extended lees contact and the yeast strains chosen to aide fermentation which have contributed texture and body on the dry palate

Enjoy this Pinot Gris on its own or with a cheesy pasta sauce. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Black Hills Estate Winery 2015 Carmenere - 91pts

Black Hills Estate Winery 2015 Carmenere (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Limited. Direct from the winery here
Cost: $49.50 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: July 8th, 2017

Tasting Notes: If the Black Hill's Carmenere were an entree on a menu its description may read like this... "Lustful, liquefied peppercorn wrapped in a rich blanket of French and American oak and served with a side of cured meats in a black plum and cocoa compote."


Sourced from the winery's two Black Sage Bench vineyards, this Carmenere is sold exclusively to share holders and wine club members due to its ultra small-lot production. An engaging wine, if not polarizing (you love it or you hate it), with oodles of spice throughout. Boysenberry flavours and acidity help balance the long, peppercorn-infused finish. Drink 2018-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca 

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2016 Gewurztraminer - 88pts

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2016 Gewurztraminer (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: (Upon release) Direct from winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $16.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%

Date Tasted: June 27th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A full-ish bodied, opulent Goo with a nice backbone of mannered, mineral-y-citrus acidity and draped with Tropical and stone fruit flavours and both fresh and canned peach notes. S
ourced from the winery's home vineyard along the Golden Mile Bench, this Gewurztraminer needs some time in the glass to open up (and warm-up if served too chilled) to release its wonderfully aromatic and ripe, peach juice scented nose. Finish is long and balanced with lingering hints of citrus rind, spice and alcohol. Drink now-2019.
  - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

See Ya Later Ranch 2016 Gewurztraminer - 87pts

See Ya Later Ranch 2016 Gewurztraminer (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Available at BCLDB and VQA stores. Winery site here
Cost: $14-17 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: June 23rd, 2017

Tasting Notes: A staple of the See Ya Later Ranch portfolio for over a decade, this full-bodied Gewurztraminer 
offers good typicity for the variety which thrives in the cooler corners of sunny vineyards. Most vintages feature between 10-15% of Ehrenfelser for added spice and tangyness. 

The 2016 is extra tangy with crab-apple and citrus acidity and flavours balancing the classic lychee, mineral and peach notes. A well-priced summer sipper to be enjoyed on its own or with spicy Thai food. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Mascota Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - 85pts

Mascota Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipú District) Mendoza - Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $16.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14%

Date Tasted: June 22nd, 2017

Tasting Notes: The appealing nose of ripe cassis, brambly cherries and spiced oak is a little let down by the slightly, unbalanced palate, which, although finishes dry, is top-heavy with intense, wild berry acidity used to off-set the residual sugar perceptible upon entry. 
Drink now-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Tragically Vidal - 88pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Tragically Vidal (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $17 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.7%
Date Tasted: June 21st, 2017

@Stagshollow

Tasting Notes: One of BC's best off-dry Summer sippers, Tragically Vidal is sourced from two Okanagan Falls sites and blended with 14% Orange Muscat to create an aromatic and vibrant wine with orange blossom, sweet peach, lychee and exotic aromas, palate-cleansing, ripe citrus acidity and flavours of fresh peaches, lime and tropical fruit. Finish is moderately long and balanced with tingling, citrus peel and spice notes lingering.
 Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Sperling Vineyards 2015 Market White - 87pts

Sperling Vineyards 2015 Market White (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $19
Alcohol: 11.2%
Date Tasted: June 18th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A lean, clean blend of Bacchus, Pinot Blanc and Riesling (percentages not available) with white peach, pear, lime rind, herbaceous and vegetal aromas and flavours. Finishes dry with plenty of citrus acidity and cool mineral notes. Pair with spicy noodle dishes and enjoy this wine in its youth. 
Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Blasted Church Vineyards 2015 Hatfield's Fuse - 88pts

Blasted Church Vineyards 2015 Hatfield's Fuse (Skaha Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here. BCLDB stores
Cost: $18.75 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 6300 cases
Date Tasted: June 17th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Hatfield's Fuse is an off-dry, mouth-watering blend of 10 white varieties with Gewurztraminer (22%), Pinot Gris (21%) and Viognier (20%) making up the bulk of the blend and flavour profile; a mixture of exotic and orchard fruits with fresh aromatics, herbaceous and citrus notes. The residual sugar and bright acidity are well-balanced, finishing tart with lingering citrus peel and a touch of spice. A solid contribution to the Summer-sipper, white blend category. 
Ready to go now. Drink 2017-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Black Hills Estate Winery 2015 Cellar Hand Punch Down Red - 90pts

Black Hills Estate Winery 2015 Cellar Hand Red (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Widely available at BCLDB stores and direct from the winery here
Cost: $24.90 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.1%
Date Tasted: June 15th, 2017

Tasting Notes: This is the best vintage of Black Hills' Cellar Hand Red to date. The 2015 edition is a traditional, Meritage-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (percentages withheld) which benefited from a long and dry growing season, producing excellent ripeness and intensely flavourful fruit. 


This intensity is on display throughout the Cellar Hand Red: dark fruit, violets, toasted oak, licorice, vanilla, coffee grinds and a hint of eucalyptus grace the generous nose and the lip-smacking, fine-tannin palate where spice and blood orange notes linger on the memorable finish. Ready to go now, though, this over-achiever should hold beautifully for a few years while you wait for your Nota Bene to mature. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca