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Da Silva Vineyards and Winery Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC
Readers rated this wine:
Citrusy, fresh, slick
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.
The Chardonnay comes from two Penticton sites: Lazy Dog Vineyard and Blenheim Hill Vineyard. It was stainless steel fermented and aged in American oak barrels, medium+ toast for 8 weeks.
The 2022 suggests lemon and melon rind, wild herbs, wet stone and vague notes of wild honey and toasted nuts. The palate has notable acidity, is citrusy and slick with toasted baguette and spice flavours. The finish is zesty and has just a hint of clove.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - February 23rd, 2024
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90 Points
 


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Da Silva Vineyards and Winery Merlot, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Fresh, texture, fragrant.
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 20 months.
The nose suggests plums, black berries and blueberry, black licorice and vanilla, sweet brown spices and coffee liqueur. The palate entry is fresh and it has texture throughout; flavours of red wild berries, spice. tobacco and oak flavours dominate in the mouth. Good length.
©copyright 2024 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 22nd, 2024
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91 Points
 

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Township 7 'Provenance Series' Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC
Readers rated this wine:
Fleshy, dry, fresh.
This Chardonnay (with 11% Viognier) was predominantly sourced from Hidden Terrace Vineyard in Oliver, with small additions from the Fool's Gold Vineyard in North Oliver and from the Naramata Bench. A portion was fermented in neutral French barriques, with the remaining in stainless steel. The wine in barrel then underwent malolactic fermentation.
It has fleshy sweet fruit aromas of peach and golden apples with lemon, vanilla and hints of honey and caramel. The palate is fresh and dry with flavours of yellow fruits and citrus. It has vague mineral undertones and a leesy finish.
Pair: lobster, cedar planked salmon, creamy chicken dishes, creamy fettucini, grilled white fish, breaded and fried oysters, roast chicken or squash ravioli.

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Wine Scores Reviewed - February 22nd, 2024
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91 Points
 

UPC Code -626990024576
Agency: Vintage West

Torres 'Sangre del Toro' 0.0 Red, Spain
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Torres wines, a Catalan established family company, has been making wines since 1954. The 0.0 wines are made in Penedes and are a dealcoholized white and red with less than .5% alcohol.
The red, a mix of Grenache and Syrah, has a grapey nose alongside aromas of red berries, vanilla, faint spice, cedar and whiffs of peach. It has a sweet thinner palate with flavours of red berry tea. It has texture and is fresh but doesn't much resemble wine to me.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - February 22nd, 2024
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85 Points
 

71236

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Phantom Creek Estates Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Intensity, fragrant, supple.
Oliver's Phantom Creek Estates is owned by China-born Richmond-based businessman Richter Bai, who purchased the Phantom Creek and Beker (formerly owned by Harry McWatters who named it the Sundial Vineyard) vineyards in 2016.
From there a winery was erected, complete with guest center and restaurant. In 2021 Mark Beringer of Napa Valley joined the team as Director of Winemaking; he works alongside French consultants Olivier Humbrecht MW and Philippe Melka.
The estate Cabernet Franc, harvested from the Black Sage and Golden Mile vineyards, was aged in French oak
Aromas of sweet cassis are layered with pipe tobacco, red currents, cedar and vanilla, brown spices and purple flowers. It's a supple wine with intensity. Vanilla liqueur and licorice, cedar, wild berries and tobacco flavours dominate the palate; it has a long, warm finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - February 22nd, 2024
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91 Points
 

164406

Agency: Stile Brands

Township 7 Vineyards and Winery 'Seven Stars Rigel', Okanagan Valley
Readers rated this wine:
Pretty, purity, lovely.
Township 7 was one of the first BC wineries to make a traditional method sparkling wine in 1999. After some sporadic years Seven Stars was reborn in 2015 under the guidance of winemaker Mary McDermott who took over the role in 2014.
Seven Stars is now its own brand and has six sparkling wines in the portfolio, with plans to increase the offering to seven (stands to reason) in coming years. All Seven Stars bubbles are available through the winery.
Pronounced Rye-gel the Seven Stars 2021 Riesling fizz hails from the Fool's Gold Vineyard in North Oliver. It has classic leesy/autolytic notes woven with peach and yellow apples, honey and dried acacia. It is a pretty bubbly with a creamy mousse and pristine character. Lively citrus and golden fruit flavours dominate the palate and it has along and snappy finish. lovely and stylish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - February 21st, 2024
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92 Points
 


Agency: Vintage West

Township 7 Vineyards and Winery 'Seven Stars Polaris', Okanagan Valley
Readers rated this wine:
Racy, creamy, precise.
Township 7 was one of the first BC wineries to make a traditional method sparkling wine in 1999. After some sporadic years Seven Stars was reborn in 2015 under the guidance of winemaker and sparkling wine expert Mary McDermott.
Seven Stars is now its own brand and has six sparkling wines in the portfolio with plans to increase the offering to seven (stands to reason) in coming years; all are available through the winery.
Polaris, a blanc de blanc, is made entirely from Chardonnay (sourced from the Hidden Terrace Vineyard in Oliver and the estate vineyard in Naramata) and was left en tirage for 21 months to add complexity.

Pale and brilliant with a fine beads of bubbles, the 2020 offers notes of honeysuckle and lemon brioche, apples and starfruit with notable mineral undertones. It is focused and racy with a flinty character and fleshy mid-palate. A classic blanc de blanc with notable precision and a long taut finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - February 21st, 2024
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93 Points
 

UPC Code -626990024613
Agency: Vintage West

Boutari 'Naoussa', Naoussa, Greece
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Boutari was established in 1879, celebrates 140 years as a family owned winery.
Made from Greece's popular Xonomavro grape, this juicy and easy drinking red suggests fine peppery spices and sweet red berries, dried flowers, leather and hints of anise and tangerine. It's smooth, medium-bodied and has notable freshness. A slight chill before serving is recommended to really make this wine pop. Simple yet charming.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - February 21st, 2024
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89 Points
 

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