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Gold Hill Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Mature, potent, extracted.
Single vineyard estate Cabernet Franc was aged 18-months in French oak and an additional years in bottle before release.
Showing its maturity sweet grilled red bell peppers and briary berry aromas co-mingle with chocolate, prune, molasses and soy sauce. It has a generous weight and supple texture, with pipe tobacco and ash, brown spices and dried plum. It's a potent wine with notable extraction and an espresso flavoured finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2020
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90 Points
 


Agency: self represented

Bartier Bros. 'The Orchard Row', Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Smooth, fresh, savoury.
Made from Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from Bartier's estate Cerquiera Vineyard this blended number was aged 15 months in neutral oak barrels and delivers aromas of cherries and plump purple berries atop cocoa, espresso, savoury spice and tealeaf. It has a smooth fresh entry that grows more textural mid-palate; it's wholesome with good substance and distinctly savoury character.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2020
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91 Points
 

158967

Agency: self represented

Da Vero Vino Catarratto, Sicily, Italy
Readers rated this wine:
Organic, oily, fleshy.
Da Vero is an organic wine made by Araldica, a third-generation, family-operated co-operative based in Piedmont, Italy. Araldica has expanded their winemaking projects, working with local farmers and growers throughout Italy to produce well-priced still and sparkling wines from local grape varietals in regions such as Veneto, Lombardy, Abruzzo and Sicily.
The Catarratto grapes are sourced from the north-west corner of Sicily, at Calatafimi, between Marsala and Palermo. The vines grow in high altitude vineyards (around 500m) with chalky soils. The vineyards were converted to organic viticulture in 2005, the wine was mature only in stainless steel.
Oyster shell, honey, green almonds and crunchy tree fruit aromas are underscored by a good dollop of pine resin. It's a fleshy wine with an oily texture and flavours of wild honey and citrus pith. A straightforward weekday dinner white.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2020
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88 Points
 

244148

Agency: Not Available

Santa Carolina 'Carolina' Reserva Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile
Readers rated this wine:
Fresh, value, juicy.
A value Pinot Noir hailing from the small, cooler appellation called Leyda that rests close to the ocean, resulting in impressive morning fog banks.
Ruby-hued it boasts sweet raspberry aromas woven with star anise, pipe tobacco, cocoa, vanilla, clove and cinnamon. The palate is equally juicy and approachable while the tannins are a bit angular. An enjoyable red with salmon, grilled or pan fried mushrooms, squash risotto with sage or beets.
Pairs great with Gone Crackers Olive Oil & Cracked Pepper
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2020
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89 Points
 

494799
UPC Code -7804350599626
Agency: Charton Hobbs

Monte del Fra Bardolino DOC, Custoza Verona Italy
Readers rated this wine:
Juicy, engaging, energetic.
Made from the trinity of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, this brilliant ruby Bardolino was constructed in stainless on the Bonomo family estate just east of Lake Garda in the Veneto, in the municipality of Sommacampagna. While Monte del Fra's Lena di Mezzo Amarone (also available in BCLS) is a knock-out, this charming red is bouncy and quaffable. The cheeky monk under an umbrella label was created for our market.
The 2018 shows lifted sweet cherry, raspberry and pomegranate aromas layered with caramelized sugar, fine spice and tealeaf. 
Juicy and expressive (but not lacking structure) on the palate it features small red berry, cedar and sour cherry flavours; granular tannins add chewiness. The finish is lively. 

Pop this baby in the fridge for a few minutes before serving, it'll reward you!
Pairs great with Gone Crackers Undressed.
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2020
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90 Points
 

283648
UPC Code -838547000180
Agency: Patagonia Imports

Bodegas San Alejandro 'Pablo' Old Vine Garnacha, Calatayud Spain
Readers rated this wine:
Value, fresh, fragrant.
Pablo is named for the iconic 20th century contemporary artist, Pablo Picasso and the wine is made from fruit grown on gnarled old bush vines planted up to 100 years ago.
Consistently good value, the 2019 features aromas of cherry twizzler and vanilla, licorice, baking spice and violets. It's supple and approachable with less concentration that previous vintages I've tasted but has notable freshness.
Pair with braised meats, red sauces, rustic stews and hard Spanish cheeses.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2020
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89 Points
 

205518
UPC Code -5060137512139
Agency: David Herman & Son

Circus Organic Malbec, Mendoza Argentina
Readers rated this wine:
Fresh, value, spicy.
This Circus wines has always shown great value, and this new organic Malbec delivers spicy red berries, dusty leather, tobacco, blackberry, bay leaf, espresso and baking spice aromas. Nice brightness overall, it is spicy and on the leaner medium-bodied side. Pair: hearty stews, roasted mushrooms and hard cheeses.
Pairs great with Gone Crackers Blue Cheese & Cracked Pepper
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2020
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88 Points
 

775072
UPC Code -7790415129047
Agency: David Herman & Son

RockBare Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia
Readers rated this wine:
Snappy, racy, mouthwatering
Plucked from South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges, this racy Watervale Riesling is made from grapes sourced from two Clare plots within the Slate Creek Vineyard; the region is famous for its floral and spirited Rieslings. Rockbare is a partnership between the Jackson family (owner of Kendall-Jackson, La Crema among dozens more wineries) of California and the Valmorbida family of Melbourne. This label depicts a diprotodon (giant wombat), an ancient muscular quadrupedal marsupial who roamed the region some 1.6 million years ago (who knew?) that has fortunately (I should think) shrunk considerably to its current size.

This 2018 has precise aromas of lime and green apples, white peach and orchard blossoms, honey and lemon drops. Crunchy fruit, citrus and mineral flavours dominate the palate; the finish has a razor sharp and mouthwatering snap of lime
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 22nd, 2020
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92 Points
 

184215

Agency: Summit Fine Wines

Quevedo Wines 'Oscar's Quevedo' Red, Douro, Portugal
Readers rated this wine:
Jammy, approachable, fresh. From the region that gives us Port, this red blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Sousao, is a straight-forward and food-friendly.
Strawberry jam and cherry liqueur, vanilla, licorice, chocolate, lilac and iodine aromas lead to a fleshy palate. Dark cocoa, dusty red fruits and brown spice flavours are layered with espresso. Textural and fresh it's a simple food red with a medium-length finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 22nd, 2020
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89 Points
 

UPC Code -5605891104513
Agency: The Drinks List

Bartier Bros. Semillon, Okanagan Valley BC
Readers rated this wine:
Waxy, viscous, ripe. Single varietal Semillion in the Okanagan is a rarity, yet this is one of Michael Bartier’s flagship wines, he's been making it for several years now. Grown on the Black Sage Terrace in Oliver (Bartier's estate) is 100% Sem.
With age comes unity in Semillon and this 2015 is showing that. It was aged 4 months in stainless and the rest in bottle.
Ripe is my first note; stewed peaches, beeswax, applesauce, water chestnuts, lemongrass and tangerine cream aromas lead to a succulent and equally evolved palate. Warm honey, sweaty fruit, lemon oil and herbs with a boozy concentrationa nd notable viscosity. Overall it's balanced and a very special bottle.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 22nd, 2020
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93 Points
 

487900
UPC Code -626990151241
Agency: self represented