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Umani Ronchi 'Fonte del Re' Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Marche, Italy
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Second review: May 2022
Smoky, sweet and floral this perfumed red is lashed with raspberry, blueberry, licorice, white pepper and cola aromas. The palate has notable freshness and a juicy character with purple fruit and red licorice flavours. The finish trails cocoa tannins.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 19th, 2022
Perfumed, smooth, woven.
The name fonte del re pays homage to an old spring near the town of Morro d'Alba in Marche. Lacrima is a very special ancient variety, with soft tannins, brought back to life in small amounts around the region. It's a highly perfumed variety and this one is as expressive as I'd hoped. Violets an rose petals pour from the glass followed by warm raspberry and muddled cherry aromas that are woven with sarsaparilla, fine white pepper and chocolate. The palate dances with purple fruits lashed with spice, cedar, tobacco and leather. Smooth and ripe it trails that classic Italian grape bitterness and chalky cocoa tannins.
Pairs Great with Gone Crackers Roasted Shallot & Herb
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - July 15th, 2021
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90 Points
 

519272

Agency: Stile Brands

Culmina Family Winery 'Hypothesis', Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley BC
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Second review: May 2022 Smoked meat and soy sauce, salted licorice, charred orange peel and dried herbs are wrapped in chocolate, tobacco, dried cherries and prune aromas. It has a salty/savoury character and flavours of bouillon, wild herbs, dried fruit and peppery spices. Nice freshness still and sooty cocoa tannins trail on the finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 19th, 2022
Muscular, woven, spiced.
While I've not had much opportunity to taste the wines of Culmina this is the second vintage of Hypothesis the first being the 2013) I've tasted.
Located on the Golden Mile Bench, Culmina was established by the Triggs family (of Jackson-Triggs fame) in 2007 and was sold in 2019 to Arterra Wines Canada.
Hypothesis in Greek means proposal, is a flagship Bordeaux red (Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot), which was aged in a combination of new and second fill French oak barrels.
Notes of balsamic and molasses, dried cherries and prune, burnt chocolate nibs and charred red bell peppers are underscored by smoked meat. In the mouth, similar flavours of black cherry, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee beans mingle with resin, brown spice and maldon salt. Smooth, woven and muscular, I recommend drinking this one now.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - June 10th, 2021
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91 Points
 


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Vina Chocalan Gran Reserva 'Origen' Carmenere, Maipo Valley, Chile
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Concentrated, fresh, savoury.
Vina Chocalan is a stunning, sprawling and modern family owned winery located in the Maipo Valley, it rests 35-kilometers from the Pacific and is home to the vast majority of their production. A second estate vineyard site in the San Antonio Valley, a cool climate valley, is perfect for their premium white wines and Pinot Noir.
Grown in coastal granite soils in the Maipo, the Origen range comes from the winery's best sites and this 2018 Carmenere suggests aromas of bay leaf, grilled red bell peppers, charred licorice root, smoked paprika, red currants, black olives white pepper and dried cherries. It's a savoury wine with flavours to echo its nose. Notable concentration and levity, it trails carob and herbal flavours. An excellent example of the variety.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 19th, 2022
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92 Points
 

26519

Agency: Lifford

Vina Chocalan Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Maipo Valley, Chile
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Value, slick, racy.
Vina Chocalan is a stunning, sprawling and modern family owned winery located in the Maipo Valley, it rests 35-kilometers from the Pacific and is home to the vast majority of their production. A second estate vineyard site in the San Antonio Valley, a cool climate valley, is perfect for their premium white wines and Pinot Noir.
This sprightly white offers outstanding value for price. Classic aromas of gooseberry, peach stone, green apple, starfruit, lime, wet stone and grass clippings lead to a racy palate. The flavours echo the nose, dominated by lime, grass clippings and green apples. Lovely purity here; slick and refreshing with a long tangy finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 19th, 2022
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91 Points
 

16069

Agency: Lifford

Vina Chocalan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Maipo Valley, Chile
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Silky, intense, classic.
Vina Chocalan is a stunning, sprawling and modern family owned winery located in the Maipo Valley, it rests 35-kilometers from the Pacific and is home to the vast majority of their production. A second estate vineyard site in the San Antonio Valley, a cool climate valley, is perfect for their premium white wines and Pinot Noir.
Outstanding value for price, this intense but well-balanced red delivers aromas of black currents and vanilla, plum, pipe tobacco, pencil shavings, cedar chips and saddle leather. It has a fresh and silky entry with bold flavours of smoked spices, black fruit, dark chocolate, dark earth and toasted oak. Mocha tannins trail on the finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 19th, 2022
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92 Points
 

262535

Agency: Lifford

Red Horses Vineyard, Run Away Rose, Okanagan Valley, BC
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Tangy, slick, dry
Three generations of the Fortin Family work together in one of BC's newer wineries. It began in 2008 when Rod and Pat Fortin purchased a property in Oliver. Several years later their son and daughter-in-law purchased an adjoining property and then with sons Taylor and Kelsey added more vineyard built the winery and wine shop.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the core of their production, but they also grow Merlot and Chardonnay.
This Cabernet Sauvignon rose is a pale salmon with notes of crab apples and rhubarb, watermelon rind, bitter oranges, cherry liqueur and strawberry jellies. It's a dry style with a light-medium body and flavours of tart red berries, tomato leaf and grapefruit peel. Slick and tangy is a definitive food wine.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - May 19th, 2022
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88 Points
 

13932

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Spearhead Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC
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Racy, pristine, fantastic. Spearhead's winery and home vineyard (the Gentleman Farmer Vineyard) are located in South East Kelowna but they also have the Coyote Vineyard in West Kelowna and the Golden Retreat Vineyard near Summerland. Made by Grant Stanley who heads up the winemaking this again fantastic Riesling has a vibrant nose of peach and green apple, lime and honeysuckle. To echo the nose, peach green apple and citrus flavours dominate the palate. It is pristine and juicy with a slickish texture.
The finish is lip-smacking.
Pair: white meats, mixed greens, creamy sauces or seafood.

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Wine Scores Reviewed - April 22nd, 2022
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92 Points
 

UPC Code -892687000165
Agency: self represented

Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina
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Supple, plush, polished.
This single 1050m high Remolinos Vineyard is a special site, which is owned by Decero, and located in the sub-appellation of Agrelo, in Mendoza.
Always succulent, this vintage was aged for 14 months in French oak.
The nose is plush and chocolaty with undertones of Turkish coffee, vanilla liqueur, sweet spices, black plums and cherry. The palate is equally decadent. Generous fruit, leather, mocha, baking spices and vanilla echo the nose. It has polished tannins and a supple, rich finish.
A wine for BBQ, hearty proteins and grilled mushrooms.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - April 22nd, 2022
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92 Points
 

119586
UPC Code -81215012105
Agency: Appellation Wine Marketing

Medici Ermete 'Concerto' Lambrusco Reggiano Frizzante, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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Second review: April 2022
Purple berries, pomegranate, cedar and dried flowers with faint chocolaty tones, this frothy and juicy inky bubbly is truly singular. Black raspberry, cherry, tealeaf and grape-y flavours dominate the palate. Charming.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - April 22nd, 2022
Woven, frothy, fragrant.
For more than 100 years the Medici family has made quality Lambruscos; today they own 60-hecatres across Emilia in the region of Emilia~Romana.
The flagship Concerto Reggiano is made from the region's Lambrusco Salamino variety and is stained deep purple.
Expect notes of pomegranate, maraschino cherry, rose petals and star anise. It has a creamy mousse and oodles of fresh purple berry flavours; it is singular and charming with excellent concentration and levity.
Pairs great with Gone Crackers Undressed.
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 10th, 2021
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92 Points
 

571968
UPC Code -626990237143
Agency: Stile Brands

Vina Cobos 'Felino' Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
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Savoury, fresh, spiced.
Made from grapes harvested in Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, this unfined Malbec offers affluent smoky sweet aromas of purple berries, paprika and coffee, bay leaf, dried herbs, toasted brow spices and bacon fat. The palate is fresh and equally savoury; red fruits chocolate, toasted spice and herbal notes are layered with dark cocoa flavours. Medium-to-full bodied, it's a classic succulent red for BBQ, roasted mushrooms, hearty pastas or hard cheeses.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - April 22nd, 2022
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90 Points
 

334789
UPC Code -897941000974
Agency: Authentic Wine & Spirits