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