The Top 5 as rated by readers.
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1. Black Hills Estate Winery "Nota Bene", Okanagan Valley BC
Iconic, lifted-age-worthy.
At 20 years, Black Hill's Nota Bene is as influential as ever.
The 2018 vintage marks two decades since this iconic wine's creation, and while it remains consistently commanding, each vintage varies.
This year's version (49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot) has a lifted and perfumed nose of black currents, plums, cherry and vanilla, dried violets, cedar chips, mocha, graphite and sagebrush. The attack is silky and grows more fleshy across the mid-palate and the finish is elongated. Sweet and savoury, toasted and intense, it offers flavours of wild berries, savoury spices, vanillin oak and licorice. Still youthful with traces of angularity, it will undoubtedly benefit from time in your cellar.
Bravo to new winemaker Ross Wise MW, for a seamless transition.
Wine Scores reviewed - May 21st, 2020

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2. Fort Berens Estate Winery Rose, Lillooet BC
Fragrant, fruity, tangy.
Regional wine pioneers, Fort Berens, is located at the base of the Fraser Canyon, near Lillooet.
This vintage a salmony-ruby rose offers strawberry and red plums, vanilla, violets, peach stone and Clementine orange aromas. The palate is tangy and laden with sour cherry, fine spices, cedar and herbal flavours. Overall a dry version with good structure and persistence.
Wine Scores reviewed - April 7th, 2020

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3. McWatters Collection Meritage, Okanagan Valley BC
Modern, plush, generous. The McWatters Meritage (now under 5 Vine Cellars) is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon with 35% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc and aged 15 months in French oak.
Chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, baking spices, pipe tobacco, leather and licorice aromas. Modern and plush, balanced with supple tannins it's a bold wine with a generous character.
Pair: Rich cuts of beef in red wine and porcini sauce, hearty stews or aged, firm cheeses.
Wine Scores reviewed - September 20th, 2020

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4. Laughing Stock Vineyards Pinot Noir, Okangan Valley BC
Potent, luscious, generous.
Made from grapes sourced from Okanagan Falls (and 5% from Naramata Bench) this potent Pinot was aged 12 months in new (22%) and neutral oak barrels--it's 14.2% alcohol.
It has a chocolaty character with cherry, raspberry and sarsaparilla aromas atop earth and cedary undertones. Mimicking the nose, a fleshy palate is laden with generous fruit, spice and pipe tobacco flavours. It's a ripe but balanced version, smooth in texture, supple in weight and boasts long and luscious finish.
Wine Scores reviewed - August 19th, 2020

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5. See Ya Later Ranch 'Legacy' Rose, Okanagan Valley, BC
Fresh, dry, tangy.
Predominantly Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and Riesling harvested from Oliver and West Kelowna, this tasty and refreshing ballet slipper pink offers aromas of kumquats and cranberries wrapped in cedar and fine spice. Dry with tangy grapefruit peel, apples skin and spice flavours it has good balance and levity and enough structure to stand up to roasted chicken pork souvlaki palak paneer or with brie, goat’s cheese or camembert.
Wine Scores reviewed - July 28th, 2020

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