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Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC
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The Mavety family has been growing grapes high above Vaseaux Lake in the South Okanagan since 1971. Since 1991 they have been making their own wines under the Blue Mountain label.
Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Gamay Noir is their focus.
Consistent and elegant with an Old World character the 2011offers spicy and savoury notes of leather and pepper, beet greens and dried herbs atop rhubarb and tart red berries, smoke and cedar. The palate is smooth it is a restrained style with plenty of acidity. Good concentration and flavours of juicy red fruits, spicebox and cigar. The finish is lengthy and trails bittersweet cocoa.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 16th, 2013

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90 Points
 

329466
UPC Code -626452501096
Agency: Keystone Fine Wines
Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Reserve Brut Okanagan Valley BC
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Elegant, complex, silky.
The 2007 is made from equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It was aged on lees for seven years to enhance complexity then disgorged prior to release in March 2015.
Blue Mountain is renowned for elegant and elaborate bubbles - this one is a stand out. The aromas here are hazelnuts, warm apple turnovers lemon and pear with a hint of summer berries. It has a solid autolytic character from its time on lees and flavours of juicy citrus, toasted nuts and creamy fruit. It has beautiful weight and focus with a tiny bead as well as a long and powerful finish lifted with mouthwatering acidity.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 11th, 2015

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93 Points
 

852129
UPC Code -626452711051
Agency: Keystone Fine Wines
Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Alamansa Reserva, Alamansa Spain
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Value, consistent, balanced.
Made from Monastrell, Tempranillo and Garnacha, which was aged 12 months in barrel before bottle aging. This consistently great value red offers aromas of muddled strawberry and cherry, saddle leather and iodine, cigarbox and cocoa with spice. It has good balance, supple fruit, spice and cocoa flavours with finely textured tannins to add substance.
A solid wine, made for food. Think roasted meats, hearty pastas, potato tortilla or stews and hard cheeses.
Pairs great with Gone Crackers Olive Oil & Cracked Pepper
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 23rd, 2016

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89 Points
 

270363
UPC Code -08414837010118
Agency: Andrew Peller Wine & Spirits
Bodegas San Alejandro 'Pablo' Old Vine Garnacha, Calatayud Spain
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Pablo is named for the iconic 20th century contemporary artist, Pablo Picasso. Although most of us could never afford his art, we can certainly afford this awesome value wine.
It is made from fruit grown on gnarled old bush vines planted up to 100 years ago.
Plush black raspberry and wild briary berries, toffee, toasted spices, mocha and molasses atop a core of sunbaked earth. The palate is supple and boasts generous fruit; purple berries and raspberry frolic with violet pastilles, vanilla and spiced chocolate. This is a substantial wine with impressive intensity and textural tannin across the palate.
Pair with braised meats, red sauces, rustic stews and hard Spanish cheeses.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 13th, 2013

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90 Points
 

205518
UPC Code -5060137512139
Agency: David Herman & Son
Bodegas San Alejandro 'Pablo' Old Vine Garnacha, Calatayud Spain
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Value, expressive, fragrant.
Pablo is named for the iconic 20th century contemporary artist, Pablo Picasso and the wine is made from fruit grown on gnarled old bush vines planted up to 100 years ago.
Consistently good value, the 2014 is again seductively scented with chocolate, licorice, Bing cherries, raspberries and blueberry tea with rose petals and sweet spices. It is supple on the entry and grows more textural mid-palate. Fresh berry fruit is layered with sarsaparilla, tealeaf and spice, which rolls into cocoa flavours on the finish. Good freshness and overall structure.
Pair with braised meats, red sauces, rustic stews and hard Spanish cheeses.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - August 18th, 2016

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90 Points
 

205518
UPC Code -5060137512139
Agency: David Herman & Son
Bodegas San Alejandro 'Pablo' Old Vine Garnacha, Calatayud Spain
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Second Review: March 17/2016

Smoked paprika, raspberry, red cherry and leather aromas with fresh cracked black pepper and tealeaf. It is earthy and somewhat exotic, less concentrated than the last time I tasted it but overall good intensity and bright acidity. It finishes with cedar, red berries and spice.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - March 17th, 2016
Potent, supple, delicious.
Pablo is named for the iconic 20th century contemporary artist, Pablo Picasso and the win is made from fruit grown on gnarled old bush vines planted up to 100 years ago.
Consistently powerful and expressive it offers potent raspberry, vanilla, high-toned forest berries, leather, tea leaf, cola spices and pepper. The palate is supple and spicy with generous fruit flavours wrapped in espresso and chocolate. Overall it checks all the boxes, balance, structure and complexity - at an awesome price.
Pair with braised meats, red sauces, rustic stews and hard Spanish cheeses.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 23rd, 2015

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90 Points
 

205518
UPC Code -5060137512139
Agency: David Herman & Son
Bottega 'Il Vino dei Poeti Gold' Prosecco Brut, Italy
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Lovely, fizzy, pretty.
Made of Glera this bottle is labelled as DOC because it's considered too modern looking to be designated a DOCG. Sandro Bottega has the patent on the "mirror effect" bottle wrapping of this (and it's pink and silver siblings) in Italy.
This lovely version shows acacia, honey and tree fruits; the palate is equally pretty, fruity and pristine with an apple-y finish.

10-14g/L RS
Pair wine with Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma ham, pickled ‘giadiniera’ salad.
Pairs Great with Gone Crackers Roasted Shallot & Herb
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2021

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89 Points
 

663187

Agency: Stile Brands
Bottega 'Il Vino dei Poeti Rose Gold' Brut, Italy
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Pretty, blushing, charming.
A jewel of a bottle, this fizzy pink Pinot Nero rose is made from grapes grown in the south of Lombardy (on limestone soils similar to Champagne). It's a spumante with a pale pink/apricot hue and aromas of red fruits like raspberry and cherry atop orange blossoms and dusty mineral notes. The palate is silky, it has lovely weight, freshness and concentration followed by and a zesty finish. 10-12g/L RS
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 3rd, 2021

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90 Points
 

223669

Agency: Stile Brands
Bottega 'Il Vino dei Poeti' Prosecco Brut, Treviso, Italy
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Floral, fizzy, expressive.
Made entirely of Glera, this fresh spumante leads with sweet orchard fruits, apple skin, delicate floral notes, think orange blossoms, and hints of honey and exotic fruit. It has a kiss of sweetness (this one weights in at 10-14g/L residual), but it's not distracting at all--just makes the palate fruit more expressive. The fish has snappy citrus and a seam of marzipan.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2021

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89 Points
 

95711

Agency: Stile Brands
Bottega 'Il Vino dei Poeti' Prosecco Rose Brut, Italy
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Floral, fizzy, delicate.
Made of Glera and Pinot Nero this new release (was released later in 2020) vintage Prosecco leads with peach stone notes layered with red berries and cherries, honey and delicate floral tones. The palate reflects the nose and trails citrus peel and sweet raspberry flavours.
10-14g/L
Pair with sun-dried tomatoes in oil, Parmiginao reggiano, baked ham or salmon, pizza or brunch.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2021

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89 Points
 

43610

Agency: Stile Brands
Bottega 'Petalo il Vino dell'Amore' Moscato, Italy
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Charming, juicy, delicate.
Sandro Bottega's internationally popular spumante wines include this sweet and fragrant moscato, which doles out honey and apricots, white raisins and lemon drops, tangerine and rose petal aromas. Sweet and fizzy it's juicy and fresh, delicate and delicious.
Production zone, Northern Italy.
Pairs Great with Gone Crackers Roasted Shallot & Herb
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - March 30th, 2021

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88 Points
 

580993

Agency: Stile Brands
Bottega 'Vino Dei Poeti' Rose, Veneto Italy
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What a pretty bottle!
Plus, it's filled with Sandro Bottega's internationally popular Vino dei Poeti (wine of the poets) pink Prosecco. Fresh and sweet aromas will charm you... Strawberries and blood oranges with acacia blossoms lead to a lively palate of Maraschino cherry, berry and orange peel with a hint of bread dough on the finish.
Moussey and fresh.
Celebrate Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or any day, without spending a small fortune!
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 30th, 2013

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88 Points
 

223669
UPC Code -8005829230388
Agency: Stile Brands
Bottega 'White Gold' Brut, Venezia, Italy
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Floral, tangy, mouthwatering.
A stunning silver wrapped bottle, my favourite among the trio of rose gold (pink) and gold versions, which presents floral talc, melon and starfruit, honey and candied citrus peel. A creamy mousse and crisp and tangy demeanor. It's a drier style with a mouthwatering finish.
Pairs Great with Gone Crackers Roasted Shallot & Herb
 
©copyright 2019 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 5th, 2019

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89 Points
 

591040
UPC Code -8005829230470
Agency: Stile Brands
Burrowing Owl Estate Syrah, Okanagan Valley BC
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This estate grown Syrah expresses what BC can do with Syrah.
It was aged 16 months in French, American and Russian oak and offers aromas of blackberries, cracked black pepper, plum, black cherries in dark chocolate, espresso, leather and hints of licorice. The palate shows its more succulent side with black fruit and loads of black pepper, dried herbs, toasted spices and bittersweet mocha atop savoury spice rub and smoked meats.
It's a gutsy wine, chewy, meaty and concentrated with very good balance.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 26th, 2013

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91 Points
 

608828
UPC Code -688229004070
Agency: Appellation Wine Marketing
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Meritage, Okanagan Valley BC
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Burrowing Owl's premium Bordeaux blend is comprised of 55% Cabernet Franc with 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon with a sprinkling of Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Expect smoked cherries, vanilla, black currents, plum cake, licorice and baking spice aromas atop a savoury core. It has excellent structure and fruit concentration; luscious chocolate is layered with sweet spice and black fruit. The tannins are fine and ripe and mocha flavours trail across the finish.
Excellent!
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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 19th, 2013

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92 Points
 

20073
UPC Code -688229007088
Agency: Appellation Wine Marketing
Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley
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This wine not only introduced me to British Columbian Pinot Gris but also had me enamored with it when I first tasted it in the late 1990s. It's still a thrill to drink with its floral and tropical aromas of guava, young pineapple and banana with honeysuckle and tangerine. It has a lovely texture and a fresh palate is dominated by citrus flavours, which fold into tropical fruit, lime and green pears.
Pair with spicy crab cakes, mushroom based dishes or poached salmon in lemon sauce.

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Wine Scores Reviewed - August 23rd, 2013

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91 Points
 

510941
UPC Code -688229000119
Agency: Appellation Wine Marketing
C.C Jentsch Cellars 'The Chase', Okanagan Valley BC
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Berry, sarsaparilla, chocolate.
Located south of Oliver on the way to Osoyoos, C.C Jentsch wines recently crossed my desk. It was the first I had heard of this new label. There's little information on their slick website, but the family has been fruit growers in the Okanagan since the late 1920s.
The Chase is a blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. It's a very approachable wine, which offers black cherry, smoked plums, wild berries, spice cake, sarsaparilla, leather, dried sage and vanilla. Expect good concentration and a liqueur-like character. Mocha, sweet spices, tobacco and licorice flavours make for an easy-drinking wine.
Pair: BBQ, sticky ribs, chili, hearty pastas.
©copyright 2014 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 23rd, 2014

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88 Points
 

504183
UPC Code -626990171492
Agency: Harvest Select
Campo di Sasso Insoglio del Cinghiale, Bibona Tuscany Italy
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A very alluring IGT red that is dominated by Syrah and fleshed out with Cabernet Franc, Merlot And Petit Verdot.
The nose is rich and fragrant; roses, cherries, mocha, cedar chips, briary berries and vanilla are layered with smoke, licorice, bacon fat and sweet spices. The palate follows suit; plush earthy and powerful with cocoa, leather, fine spice, dark fruit and cigar.
Impressive weight, texture and length.
Part of a one time buy at BC Liquor Stores, so grab it now and pair it with roasted meats or aged, hard cheeses.
©copyright 2013 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 23rd, 2013

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92 Points
 

450767
UPC Code -8032937311203
Agency: Trialto
Canella Bellini, Veneto Italy
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Fizzy, fun, effervescent.
A fizzy and creamy an aperitif Bellini made similarly to the more traditional style as served in northern Italy. Bellini-in-a-bottle is made with real Canella Prosecco from Veneto and is blended with local fresh white peach juice and pulp and a touch of raspberry juice for added colour. All natural - gently effervescent and peachy, this refreshing libation is summer in a bottle.
©copyright 2017 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 14th, 2017

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88 Points
 

113316

Agency: Empson
Cantina Breganze "Rosa di Sera" Rosato Extra Dry, Breganze Veneto Italy, NV
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This lovely spumante (lightly bubbly) rose is made from Prosecco and the light and fruity, red Marzimino grape (classic to the region of Trentino, in Northern Italy). It has the powdery pink colour of cherry blossoms and pretty aromas of berries and cream, peach, citrus and rose petals. It is juicy and has a kiss of sweetness in the mouth with a nice creamy edge - expect bright flavours of pink grapefruit, tart berries and orchard fruits to linger. Perfectly refreshing as a summer sipper or an aperitif any time of the year.
©copyright 2010 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 14th, 2010

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90 Points
 

370809
UPC Code -00839131000692
Agency: Vino Allegro