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Blue Grouse Estate Winery 'Quill' Gamay, Vancouver Island, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Approachable, spicy, fresh.
Made from Vancouver Island Gamay this fresh little number leads muddled cherry and star anise, vanilla, wild herbs, cola spices and warm chocolate. Slightly textural it has neutral fruit and spice flavours and trails berry tea on the finish; overall it has a very earthy character. A slight chill before serving is suggested.
Pair:sausages, burgers, pizza, medium-firm cheeses and hearty vegetable stews.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 21st, 2020
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89 Points
 

UPC Code -6269900329244
Agency: self represented

Oops 'Spicy Splendor' Carmenere, Central Valley Chile
Readers rated this wine:
Value, fresh, savoury.
The Oops Spicy Splendor is made entirely from an old Bordelaise variety that's been famously adopted by Chile, this savoury value-priced Carmenere suggests red plum and briary berries roasted red bell peppers and grilled herbs, smoked spice and dark cocoa aromas. Sweet and succulent it has freshness and structure, a wonderful weekday dinner red with roasted veggies, hearty stews and soups or grilled meats.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 20th, 2020
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89 Points
 

72777
UPC Code -73604018230
Agency: Patagonia Imports

Robin Ridge Merlot, Similkameen Valley BC
Readers rated this wine:
Organic, fresh, supple.
Located in Keremeos, in the arid Similkameen Valley, Robin Ridge makes wine entirely from organically grown estate fruit. As is usual, they like to hold their wines back prior to release so they are ready to drink when you are, plus for what's in the bottle, this wine shows excellent value.
Sweet plummy/cherry aromas are woven with vanilla liqueur and strawberry jam, licorice, pencil shavings, and baking spice. Nice concentration here, it is earthy and fresh with varietal purity. Savoury and sweet like the nose, the fruit is supple and it has balance and integrity; spiced cocoa and coffee flavours trail on a lengthy finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 20th, 2020
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91 Points
 

276014
UPC Code -626990127666
Agency: Whistler Tree Wines

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery ''Benchmark Series' Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC
Readers rated this wine:
Tangy, juicy, dry. The new Benchmark Series was developed as a new, "standard for elevated quality through meticulous winemaking, sustainable viticulture practices and deliberate vineyard site selection."
It has a bold new black label too, as you can see, however, I'm fairly certain most of you reading this won't be able to read the new back label; even with cheaters I found it a real challenge.
To the wine inside.
This has continued to been a favourite BC savvy of mine; it hails from Township 7's estate Blue Terrace Vineyard on the northern end of the Black Sage Bench in Oliver along with just under 15% Seemillon (sourced from grape grower Robert Cleaves' Desert Wolf vineyard on Black Sage Road). The wine is 100% barrel fermented and aged (7 months), with the fermentation seeing 15% new and 85% neutral French oak barrels to round out the mouthfeel. The Seemillon was an indigenous ferment to impart a softer, creamier style. Lees stirring occurred weekly during fermentation on both batches, which also contributes to the full mouthfeel and softens the tangy crispness.
It has weight and good precision.
Expect peaches and honey, green apples and elderflower with lemon lime and classic sweaty undertones. Crunchy stone fruits, citrus and mineral flavours dominate the palate; it is dry, juicy and tangy with a phenolic finish that adds texture and weight.
Pair: Asparagus fritters, herb quiche, coconut curries, seafood salads and most appetizers.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 19th, 2020
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91 Points
 

UPC Code -626990208808
Agency: Vintage West

Schrader Cellars 'Double Diamond' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Calif.
Readers rated this wine:
2018 version
A whopping 80% of the fruit in the 2018 comes from To Kalon. It has a brighter ruby hue and more briliance overall. Chocolate mint pastilles, plum cake, and baking spice aromas lead to a fleshy palate with gobs of gorgeous ripe fruit sprinkled with brown spice and dark cocoa. Silky and slick with polished tannins it shows concentration and youthfulness, but is still highly drinkable now.
$80USD on the Schrader site.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 19th, 2020

Founded in 1988 by Fred Schrader, Schrader Cellars made their mark with grapes from Andy Beckstofffer's portion of Oakville's unequaled To Kalon Vineyard (the vast majority of To Kalon is owned by Mondavi) and the talent of winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.
In the decades since, Brown has delivered an unprecedented 27 100-point score wines from some of the world's most respected critics. Schrader's Cabernets are very limited with a lengthy wait-list at a premium price; you can purchase a three-vintage six-pack at the BCLDB for $3720, however.
The company is run by only three folks, Schrader, his wife Carol, and Brown, and has a humble feel despite its iconic status in the world of wines.
Launching into the new millennium, Schrader expanded to a second label Double Diamond, which was designed by Carol. The idea was to make a wine with a foundation of excellence and expression, one that could be enjoyed any day. From that, this wine was born, which includes a significant portion of To Kalon grapes; "To Kalon is so well balanced on its own," says Brown. "No matter when you pick the PH, acid, the ripeness of tannins... it's all in check, To Kalon comes through. We let the vineyard dictate the style [of the wine] not the vintage.
The 2017, while still very pricey to most of us, is available at Marquis Wine Cellars for $145.
It has an opulent cassis scented nose with vanilla liqueur, black cherries in chocolate, baking spice and meaty undertones. Woven and fresh it shows bramble berries, charred spice and tobacco. The tannins are slightly coarse but it has an appealing suppleness on the tongue."
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 19th, 2020
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94 Points
 


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Tantalus Vineyards 'Bear' Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Fresh, clean, creamy.
Half aged in stainless and the other in neutral oak, this fresh Chardy offers bright yellow fruits, honeysuckle and melon aromas, which lead to a juicy but creamy palate that is clean and straightforward.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2020
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89 Points
 


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Bartier Bros. Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley BC
Readers rated this wine:
Smoky, savoury, fresh.
Without doubt, Michael Bartier is one of British Columbia's most talented and humble winemakers. He makes honest wines and trusts the site and the fruit to dictate the wine. This Cab Franc comes from fruit grown on the Black Sage gravel bar in the estate Cerqueira Vineyard and it was matured for 14 months in 225L neutral French oak barrels.
Spiced plums and currents, smoked meat, roasted red bell pepper and fresh earth, espresso and carob notes lead to a similarly savoury palate. It has notable freshness and rolls out wild berry flavours layered with dark cocoa, smoked spices, tobacco and leather--the finish is lively and peppery.
618 cases made.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2020
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91 Points
 

84905
UPC Code -626990194309
Agency: self represented

Play Estate Winery 'Teatro' Moscato Frizzante, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Pretty, expressive, fizzy.
Having undergone a packaging makeover, Play wines are looking much snappier these days. The winery itself is outside of Penticton on Skaha Hills Drive and boasts some outstanding views from the winery and bistro.
Made from White Muscat, Orange Muscat, Muscat Ottonel grown in the Play Estate Vineyard and Douglas Vineyard in Kaleden this lightly sparkling wine delivers charming notes of apricots and lime, honeysuckle and grape-y undertones. It's fizzy and has a kiss of sweetness and pretty flavours of white flowers, citrus and expressive orchard fruits. Balanced and pristine, a delight to drink.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2020
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89 Points
 


Agency: Empson

Bartier Bros. 'The Goal', Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Juicy, smooth, complex.
Grown on the Black Sage gravel bar in Bartier's estate Cerqueira vineyard, this equal parts blend of Merlot an Cabernet Franc was aged 17 months in neutral French oak barrels.
193 cases were made.
Cherries, cedar, chocolate, vanilla and brown spice aromas lead to a smooth but juicy palate. Red fruit, earth and spiced roasted carob flavours are expressed. It has some chew on the tannins and a complex bitter finish making it well suited to food.
Pair: Anything you can throw on the grill or a nice chunk of cheese.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 15th, 2020
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91 Points
 

436220
UPC Code -62805514713
Agency: self represented

Bartier Bros. 'The Goal', Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Juicy, smooth, complex.
Grown on the Black Sage gravel bar in Bartier's estate Cerqueira vineyard, this equal parts blend of Merlot an Cabernet Franc was aged 17 months in neutral French oak barrels.
193 cases were made.
Cherries, cedar, chocolate, vanilla and brown spice aromas lead to a smooth but juicy palate. Red fruit, earth and spiced roasted carob flavours are expressed. It has some chew on the tannins and a complex bitter finish making it well suited to food.
Pair: Anything you can throw on the grill or a nice chunk of cheese.
©copyright 2020 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 15th, 2020
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91 Points
 

436220
UPC Code -62805514713
Agency: self represented