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Bernard~Massard 'Cuvee de L'Ecusson' Brut, Luxembourg
Readers rated this wine:
Mouthwatering, complex, creamy
Made from a blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay by Luxembourg's main producer of sparkling wines, Barnard~Massard, which was established over 100 years ago, in 1921.
Expect classic notes of brioche and yellow and green apples, cranberry, acacia and wet stone. The palate has a lively bead and flavours of orchard fruits, bread dough and citrus. Creamy with good complexity, intensity and a mouthwatering zippy finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - February 2nd, 2023
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91 Points
 

95925

Agency: Tandem Wine Selection

Hollick 'The Bard' Chardonnay, Coonawarra, Australia
Readers rated this wine:
Lively, zesty, fresh.
The Bard label is a nod to a lyric poet that lived on the Hollick estate in a cottage. This boutique winery, established in 1983, is located in the famed Coonawarra, in the Limestone Coast Wine Zone of South Australia, Hollick produces wines only from estate-grown fruit. Coonawarra is recognized as one of Australia's finest wine regions and is particularly known for Cabernet Sauvignon, which responds exceptionally well in its red terra rossa soils over limestone. Pure underground water and a long cool ripening season for the grapes produce wines of elegance and longevity.
The Chardonnay shows toasted hazelnut and pineapple, yellow apples, vanilla, honey and grilled lemon aromas. It has a toasty palate that is fresh and zesty; yellow fruit and spice flavours dominate. It has a lively finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 31st, 2023
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90 Points
 

393135

Agency: The Drinks List

Bottega 'Il Vino dei Poeti Gold' Prosecco Brut, Italy
Readers rated this wine:

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 version shows honey and orange blossom, orchard fruits and acacia. Crunchy apple and creamy melon flavours dominate the palate. It's off-dry and fruity with soft bubbles and a lively finish.

10-14g/L residual sugars.
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 - January 30th, 2023
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89 Points
 

663187

Agency: Stile Brands

Haywire Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Earthy, silky, fresh.
This wine was sourced from four Okanagan Valley sites and was 50% whole cluster pressed and 50% whole berry pressed. It was naturally fermented and aged in oak foudre and concrete tanks.
It's a definitively earthy Pinot; aromas of beet greens and carrot tops and lashed with sour cherry and pomegranate, wet stone, leather and fine spice aromas. It's fresh and has has a slight prickle on the tongue and flavours to echo the nose along with cocoa and wild herbs. The texture is silky.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 30th, 2023
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89 Points
 

449132

Agency: Haywire

Haywire Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Zesty, creamy, slick.
This wine was naturally fermented and then aged concrete tanks for 8 months. Made from Pinot Gris from Haywire's organic Switchback vineyard, which was whole cluster pressed into large format concrete tanks for fermentation using natural yeast. It was then aged for six months on lees. Smoked lemons and hints of bread dough, peach stone, clay and starfruit aromas lead to a palate that is both zesty and creamy. It's slick and racy with restrained fruit and a lemon-pepper flavoured finish.
New look, new label.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 30th, 2023
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90 Points
 

665034

Agency: Haywire

Da Silva Vineyards and Winery Merlot, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Classic, supple, earthy.
The da Silva estate is located on the Naramata Bench and is owned by Richard and Twylla da Silva. Da Silva's story begins in 1955 when the family moved from Portugal to the Okanagan Valley--in 1959 they purchased an orchard. Almost 50 years later, in 2006, the family built a winery and today they draw fruit from 11 different vineyards/growers located in: Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Penticton.
The winery is also home to The Kitchen at da Silva, where a fusion of Mexican~Portuguese tapas is the theme.
Made from grapes grown on two Penticton sites: the estate Blenheim Hill Vineyard (clay, silt, loam) and the Lazy Dog Vineyard (clay, loam, shale) and aged in equal parts American and French oak (medium+ toast) for 36 months.
The nose is earthy; wild herbs and tealeaf, brown spices, black olive and coffee are supported by forest berry aromas. The entry is supple and remains smooth across the palate. Tangy red fruits are underscored by flavours of herbs, espresso, cigar and spice. The tannins are polished.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 27th, 2023
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91 Points
 

467030

Agency: Not Available

Da Silva Vineyards and Winery Vinho Tinto, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Engaging, balanced, fresh.
The da Silva estate is located on the Naramata Bench and is owned by Richard and Twylla da Silva. Da Silva's story begins in 1955 when the family moved from Portugal to the Okanagan Valley--in 1959 they purchased an orchard. Almost 50 years later, in 2006, the family built a winery and today they draw fruit from 11 different vineyards/growers located in: Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Penticton.
The winery is also home to The Kitchen at da Silva, where a fusion of Mexican~Portuguese tapas is the theme.
Here's a red blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cab Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec from four different vineyards, that was aged for 24 months in equal parts French and American oak (medium + toast).
I love the nod to Portuguese tiles (azulejos) on the label.
Expect an alluring nose of sweet cherries and vanilla, plums and lilacs, Turkish coffee, warm chocolate and baking spices. The palate is fresh and medium bodied with high-toned red fruits, spice, tobacco and cocoa flavours. Nicely balanced and very approachable.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 27th, 2023
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91 Points
 

457815

Agency: Not Available

Sea Change Merlot, Pays d'Oc France
Readers rated this wine:
Fresh, smooth, savoury.
A donation of the profits (19 cents) from the sale of each bottle of Sea Change sold here goes to Ocean Wise, a charity focused on helping save our oceans and shorelines.
The label depicts a whale whose belly is full of plastics and the entire packaging is minimalist.
This Merlot delivers plum pudding dusted with cocoa, wild berries, toasted spices, leather and clay. It's fresh and smooth with good red fruit expression along with cola, licorice, roasted bell pepper, pink peppercorn, grilled herbs and dark mocha flavours.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 24th, 2023
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87 Points
 


Agency: The Drinks List

Carpineto Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy
Readers rated this wine:
Fragrant, smooth, delicious.
Carpineto's Chianti Classico comes from estate Sangiovese (90%) and Canaiolo vines; it was aged in casks for six months, then left to age in bottle for an additional six months in cellar.
A fragrant sweet and spicy nose of cherries, roses and vanilla, pipe tobacco, licorice and leather leads to a smooth and notably fresh palate. High-toned red fruits are woven with cedar, vanilla, tobacco and leather flavours. It's a delicious and cohesive classico with chalky cocoa tannins.

Image shows the Riserva.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 24th, 2023
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91 Points
 


Agency: International Cellars

Ferrari Brut Metodo Classico, Trentino, Italy
Readers rated this wine:
Elegant, chic, complex.
This 100% Chardonnay traditional method sparkling was aged 24 months on lees. It comes from various communes in the Val d'Adige, the Val di Cembra and the Valle dei Laghi; vineyards with south-eastern and south-western exposures on the slopes of the mountains of Trentino.
It's a fantastic and elegant fizz with a fine bead and notes of toasted nuts and yellow apples, lemon pastry and wildflowers. The palate echoes the nose; it has complexity and balance. On-point, dry and chic.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 24th, 2023
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91 Points
 

366427

Agency: Not Available

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