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Wines Reviewed

Black Hills 'Alibi', Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Readers rated this wine:
It's coy label may belie what seriousness is housed inside...
The Alibi is a 80/20 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that has followed in big brother Nota Bene's iconic footsteps. Primary aromas of guava, nectarine and melon with floral accents and undertones of herbs, cut grass and minerals. The palate shows a different side, hints of caramel and toast, spice and citrus zest...very good intensity and a substantial, mouth-watering finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - June 25th, 2009
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91 Points
 


Agency: Landmark Selections

Blasted Church Gewurztraminer, Okanagan BC, 2007
Readers rated this wine:
The Blasted Church Gewurztraminer is visually appealing and refreshing as heck.
Bright aromas of orange blossoms, spiced grapefruit, honey, rose oil and crisp orchard fruits. Vibrant on the palate, showing warm spices and peppery/gingery flavours, sweet tropical fruit and lingering grapefruit zest on the finish.
Pair with all your exoticly flavoured and spicy dishes.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - June 13th, 2008
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90 Points
 

711200

Agency: self represented

Fetzer Valley Oaks Zinfandel, California, 2007
Readers rated this wine:
The aromatics in this wine are subdued and quite earthy - hints of cherries, spice, cedar dust and tobacco. The palate shows predominantly red berry fruit flavours and spices, it is medium-bodied and smooth with fine tannins lingering on the finish,
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Wine Scores Reviewed - April 13th, 2009
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86 Points
 

234617
UPC Code -00082896700127
Agency: Charton Hobbs

Golden Mile "Road 13 White", Okanagan BC, 2006
Readers rated this wine:
The "Road 13 White" smells of tangerine rind, honeysuckle and key lime with a suggestion of the honeyed-muskiness of the Muscat grape. Zippy and refreshing on the palate it shows mouth-watering white grapefruit and a clean minerality with a long zesty finish.
38%Ehrenfelser, 30% Gewurztraminer, 23% Chenin Blanc, 6% Viognier, 2% Chardonnay, 1% Orange Muscat
As reviewed on CityFood.com August 13 2007
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Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2007
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88 Points
 

491928

Agency: Revelry Import

Hugh Hamilton 'Jim Jim' Shiraz, McLaren Vale Australia, 2007
Readers rated this wine:
Very appealing aromas - bright and fruity- cherry vanilla, allspice with creamy blackberry notes. Smooth and ripe with dense layers of briary fruit and spice, a full texture with nice acidity to balance and a delicious linger...
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 16th, 2008
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89 Points
 


Agency: Bluenote

JoieFarm Rose, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
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Welcome Spring!
I tasted the newly renamed JoieFarm Rose on the first full day of spring - what better way to celebrate the sunshine than with a toast to the approaching warmer months. The aroma of watermelon juice aptly matches the brilliant hue but strawberries, pink grapefruit and mineral notes also waft upward out of the glass...
I think I actually like it better than last years model - it's mouth-watering but suitably off-dry with flavours of blood orange, citrus zest, a suggestion of banana with cedar, tobacco and fine spices.
A blend of almost equal parts Gamay and Pinot Noir with a good dose of Pinot Meunier and a final addition of Pinot Gris
©copyright 2009 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 22nd, 2009
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90 Points
 

426551

Agency: self represented

Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River Australia, 2006
Readers rated this wine:
From the first swirl this wine is fragrant. Chock-a-block full of dark floral notes followed by cassis, cedar chips and cocoa. Hailing from Australia's new darling Cabernet region it shows typical Margaret River restrained power and elegance. It will charm you with juicy flavours of cassis, enhanced by fine, sweet spice and a smooth, bright finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2009
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92 Points
 

606624

Agency: Charton Hobbs

Road 13 "Honest John's" Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Readers rated this wine:
A new name and new packaging, the (formerly known as) Golden Mile Cellars has hit the jackpot with their new style. Simple, clean labels in red/white/black and some new proprietary names as well.
Honest John's is a refreshing blend of Ehrenfelser (love it), Sauvignon Blanc and a hint of Viogner. This wine is peachy, peachy, peachy in both flavour and aromatics.
Primarily peach nectar on the nose underscored by warm spices, lime zest and grapefruit juice, honeysuckle, minerals and - typical BC - wild herbal tones. Peaches drip all over your palate as well, followed with more spice and snappy grapefruit. Crisp, fresh and tasty as heck!
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 8th, 2008
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89 Points
 

601070

Agency: Revelry Import

Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Gris, Okanagan BC, 2006
Readers rated this wine:
Poached pears in vanilla, spiced undertones and notes of cream caramels. On the palate it's rich - the aromas return on the palate showing us similar flavours of pear compote, caramels, vanilla, roasted nuts and sweet spices.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - August 1st, 2008
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88 Points
 

565598

Agency: Appellation Wine Marketing

[yellow tail] Shiraz~Cabernet, South Eastern Australia, 2008
Readers rated this wine:
A glassful of mixed dark briary berries and red summer fruit, chocolate and sweet spices - vanilla and cloves. Very easy quaffing - supple and tasty with lingering spice.
Yellow Tail is always a crowd pleaser!
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2009
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88 Points
 

116491

Agency: Authentic Wine & Spirits

Champagne de Venoge "Cordon Bleu" Brut Select, France NV
Readers rated this wine:
If you have yet to step up to the Champagne shelf and grab a bottle of
de Venoge
I think it's time you did.
It features brilliant gold-yellow glints with crisp apple, stone fruit, toast with honey and citrus blossom aromas. Creamy and fresh on the palate with mouth-filling mousse and zippy citrus flavours.
Simply lovely!
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier.
©copyright 2007 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 9th, 2007
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91 Points
 

207134

Agency: Icon Wines

Henkell Trocken Sekt, Germany, NV
Readers rated this wine:
Expect an affordable bubbly with toasted hints with plenty of fruity notes - apple and apricot hints with some honey and citrus blossoms. The palate is smooth and mousse-y, it is unapologetically off-dry and bright with plenty of apricot jam and citrus with some chalky or talc flavours and a long, pleasant finish.
©copyright 2010 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2010
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88 Points
 

122689

Agency: Mark Anthony Group

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose, Champagne France, NV
Readers rated this wine:
A delicious salmony-pink colour with delicate bubbles. On the nose, the Feuillatte Rose shows a medley of mixed berries, peachy hints, dried flowers and loads of toast and spice notes. It has crisp citrus and creamy berries on the palate with toasted spice, cinnamon stick and a lingering zesty finish.
Elegant and daring, a bubbly that can be sipped with hors d'oeuvres or paired with goats cheese souffle.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 28th, 2007
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92 Points
 

080184
UPC Code -3282946011808
Agency: International Cellars

Piper~Heidsieck Cuvee Brut, Reims France, NV
Readers rated this wine:
Bright and toasty with citrus, crisp tree fruit, delicate blossoms and honey aromas with a hint of chalky minerality. Smooth and creamy on the palate with flavours of apple peel, a hint of ginger and citrus zest. Plenty of happy beads and fresh but with nice complexity - a classic vibrant Champers.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2008
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91 Points
 


Agency: Select Wine Merchants

Segura Viudas Aria Brut, Penedes Spain
Readers rated this wine:
A very feminine Cava - aptly titled, with alluring aromas of peach, pear, honeysuckle and talc. Secondary aromas are quite tropical and ripe - banana and exotic citrus with minerals and leesy notes to round it out. Fresh and bright on the palate - a kiss of sweetness with a full mousse and a vibrant fruity, crisp finish.
Very pretty.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 15th, 2008
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90 Points
 

311241

Agency: International Cellars

Segura Viudas Lavit Rosado Brut, Penedes Spain
Readers rated this wine:
Candied berry and citrus rind aromas with a brilliant berry colour to match. A delicious bubbly with a hint of brioche, creamy, berry flavours in the mouth, a fine seam of tannins and spiced tobacco on the finish. A blend of Tenat and Pinot Noir Pair this sparkler with starters or seafood.
Good value!
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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 1st, 2007
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90 Points
 

122796
UPC Code -00033293641001
Agency: International Cellars

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut, Reims France, NV
Readers rated this wine:
The classic yellow label guarantees enduring quality and a full, rich Champers. Toasty, toasty with loads of citrus and minerals a hint of spice and brioche. The palate is buttery, toasty and creamy with mouth-watering acidity and bold citrus throughout followed by apple peel and mineral flavours with a zesty linger on the finish.
also available in 200ml, 375ml and 1.5L sizes
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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 16th, 2008
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92 Points
 

563338
UPC Code -03049610004104
Agency: Charton Hobbs

Yellowglen "Pink", Australia, NV
Readers rated this wine:
A perfectly pink colour with aromas of sweet candied strawberries, mixed berry, tree fruit and floral notes and candied citrus peel. It is fun, bright and sweetly bubbly, off-dry and easy to drink at a very affordable price!
This year I sampled a 200ml mini bottle with a screwcap. Adorable as it was (I am not sure if this was a special promotion)this size does not seem to be available. Plus, the screwcap was immovable and I had to use a wine crank to break a hole in the lid.
Stick to the 750ml bottle with the plastic cork - at least if you cannot get it out you can saber the bottle...
©copyright 2011 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 5th, 2011
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87 Points
 

89268
UPC Code -00098137113236
Agency: Treasury Wine Estates

YellowTail 'Bubbles', Australia, NV
Readers rated this wine:
A playful bubbly that is very easy sipping. Expect plenty of peach pineapple and fruit-cup notes and sweet, zesty citrus. The palate provides refreshing fruit and citrus flavours that border on candied but good acidity saves it from being cloying. Lively bubbles and an affordable price make this a good party option.
©copyright 2010 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 29th, 2010
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87 Points
 

667089

Agency: Authentic Wine & Spirits

8th Generation Vineyards Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2006
Readers rated this wine:
The name 8th Generation refers to the eight generations of Schales family who have dedicated their lives to winemaking - starting in Germany in 1783 and now continuing in Summerland. One of the Okanagan's newest wineries 8th Generation is showing promise.
The Riesling reminds me of the dry Rieslings being made (and consumed) in Germany right now. Loads of green apple and mineral aromas, citrus peel, honey and peach skin notes. Zippy and fresh on the palate with spritzy lemon, lime zest and ripe white fruit flavours - lip-smacking good.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - August 10th, 2008
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90 Points
 

678946

Agency: Quaff Wines

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