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Robin Ridge Gamay, Similkameen Valley BC
Readers rated this wine:
Tangy, levity, charming.
This small production Similkameen Valley winery is owned by Tim and Caroline Cottrill, who make wine using organic estate fruit.
I'm a fan of vibrant reds like this Gamay; this one suggests cherries and pomegranate, smoked spices, white pepper, grilled sausages, cedar and tobacco on the nose. It has lovely levity and oodles of character. Tangy red fruits, dark cocoa and spice dominate the palate.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2020
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91 Points
 

484907
UPC Code -626990155027
Agency: Whistler Tree Wines

Robin Ridge 'PNG', Similkameen Valley BC
Readers rated this wine:
Fresh, distinct, earthy.
This small production Similkameen Valley winery is owned by Tim and Caroline Cottrill, who make wine using organic estate fruit.
Here is a new release, a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay that has a distinct earthy character. Pomegranate and cherry, tealeaf and cedar, pipe tobacco and vanilla liqueur aromas lead to an earthy palate with flavours of small wild berries, rainforest floor, fine spice and tealeaf. Overall good freshness and structure here but a little more cellar time should soften it's edges a bit.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2020
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89 Points
 

200932

Agency: Whistler Tree Wines

Aldegheri 'Mondello' Soave Classico, Veneto Italy
Readers rated this wine:
Slick, concentrated, singular.
Made by the Valpolicella-based Aldegheri, this white made from Garganega, Trebbiano di Soave and Chardonnay grapes grown in the Soave DOC of Veneto only sees stainless steel and it went through a secondary malolactic fermentation.
Notes of oyster shell and green almonds, pine resin and beeswax, yellow apples and grapefruit pith are released. Similarly slick and resinous in the mouth it has tart citrus and mineral flavours and notable marzipan flavours across the finish.
Pair with gnocchi and creamy risottos, fish and rich cheeses.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2020
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90 Points
 


Agency: David Herman & Son

Undurraga '8 Rios' Sauvignon Blanc, Chile
Readers rated this wine:
Fresh, zesty, value. The 8 Rios (meaning 8 Rivers) is a new BC Select product and is made by Chile's Undurraga.
A value white, this Chilean savvy shows lemongrass and crisp white tree fruits, honey and citrus blossoms on the nose. Zesty flavours mimic the nose and it has a fresh character with some phenolic texture. Overall, really good value every day white for salads, fish, or most dishes with goat cheese.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2020
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88 Points
 

102205
UPC Code -7804315005506
Agency: Patagonia Imports

Undurraga '8 Rios' Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
Readers rated this wine:

Modern, approachable, supple.
The 8 Rios (meaning 8 Rivers) is a new BC Select product and is made by Chile's Undurraga.
Black currents mingle with blueberry, chocolate shavings, pipe tobacco, vanilla and cola spice aromas. It's a fresh and approachable red with plenty of sweet fruit and supple weight. Modern and drinkable it's medium+ bodied and a good value red.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2020
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88 Points
 

102192
UPC Code -7804315005490
Agency: Patagonia Imports

Blue Grouse Estate Winery 'Quill' Red, British Columbia
Readers rated this wine:
Approachable, spicy, savoury.
Made from Vancouver Island estate fruit and sourced Okanagan fruit, this second label of Blue Grouse is a blend of Merlot, Marachel Foch and Cabernet Franc. Spicy red cherries, dried violets, star anise, vanilla and cedar aromas lead to a fresh palate with sweet red fruit atop spiced meat rubbed with wild herbs. Easy, savoury and suitable for game meats, sausages, burgers, pizza, firm cheeses and hearty vegetable stews.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2020
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89 Points
 

UPC Code -626990044932
Agency: self represented

Undurraga 'Sibaris' Reserva Especial Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley Chile
Readers rated this wine:
Fresh, dependable, classic.
This dependable Pinot expresses sweet red cherries, cedar chips, leather, forest floor, bacon fat, saddle leather, vanilla and cocoa aromas. Flavours echo the spice, cherry liqueur and cocoa from the nose; the palate has good backbone and is savoury and fresh.
Classic pinosity here.
Pairs great with Gone Crackers Olive Oil & Cracked Pepper
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2020
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89 Points
 

761205
UPC Code -7804315002024
Agency: International Cellars

Emotivo Gran Rosso, Veneto, Italy
Readers rated this wine:
Opulent, slick, persistent.
The Gran Emotive is made from Merlot and Corvina and features opulent aromas of dried cherry and cocoa, smoked spice, balsamic, leather and licorice root lead to a supple palate with notable freshness. Cherry, espresso and brown spices flavours dominate, it has a slick texture, lovely mid-palate weight, is deftly woven and seamless and has impressive persistence.
Great value for what's in the bottle.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2020
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92 Points
 

958322
UPC Code -5060137513465
Agency: David Herman & Son

Escorihuela '1884' Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza Argentina
Readers rated this wine:
Flamboyant, fragrant, youthful.
The entire Escorihuela 1884 series has seen a facelift, the new label is more elegant, but not a huge departure from previous vintages.
The Cabernet is always a standout and the flamboyant 2019 delivers lifted purple berries, cassis and warm vanilla aromas layered with pipe tobacco, baking spice, graphite and saddle leather. Fresh red fruit, cocoa and savoury herbs are suggested in the mouth; smooth overall, but there are some youthful tannins on the finish that should soften.
A solid partner for game meats, roasted wild mushrooms, aged cheeses and BBQ.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2020
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91 Points
 

750457
UPC Code -7790415130241
Agency: David Herman & Son

Valdo Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore "Marco Oro", Veneto Italy
Readers rated this wine:
Fizzy, floral, fruity.
Made from Prosecco's classic Glera grape, this popular bubbly is consistent and offers pretty aromas of apple peel, apricot, white peach, acacia blossoms, almond oil and lemon meringue. Persistent and fizzy it has nice creaminess and with plenty of crunchy orchard fruit and citrus flavours.

Pair with fish and chips, egg-bases brunches, antipasti or mildly spicy dishes.
Pairs Great with Gone Crackers Roasted Shallot & Herb
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2020
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89 Points
 

550111
UPC Code -08002335104066
Agency: International Cellars