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Tastings: July 2020

10 July 2020

Lock and Worth Semillon Losthorn Vineyardtext
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Lock and Worth Semillon Losthorn Vineyard 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRetasted 16 months along, this Losthorn Vineyard Sémillon is one of 2 séms released 1n 2018 by L+W. This comes from Okanagan Falls' Losthorn Vineyard, planted in 1995. This was native fermented in stainless and neutral French barrels before resting there for 6 months prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered (hence the lattice of sediment gracing the bottom of the bottle). Savoury salts infiltrate meadow grass, dried herbs, wild lemon, mandarin pith and peel to a lingering finish. There's an alluring dance between mineral / salt / savoury / fruit that entices. As much as I enjoy drinking this now (liberally), I know it will improve with age.Prices: BC 30.00 Producer: Lock & Worth
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Lock and Worth Sémillon Kelowna 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOne of two sémillons produced by Lock & Worth from 2018 (the other from Okanagan Falls), this comes from a lauded Sém vineyard in Kelowna, planted in 1995. Whole cluster pressed and native ferment, raised in neutral French oak for one year on full solids, most undisturbed. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered, hence the characteristic white sediment in the bottom of this wine. Tight and light at 10.4 degrees, this is strung taut with sour lemon, fresh green herbs, meadow grass, verbena, green apple, subtle elderflower on a long, slim, dry palate. Tight lemon verbena lingers on the finish. Very much in youth, this sém (like all age worthy séms), needs time to unknit and reveal itself.Prices: BC 30.00 Producer: Lock & Worth
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Invivo X SJP Sauvignon Blanc Sarah Jessica Parker 2019

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandInvivio & Co has launched this celebrity sauvy with Sarah Jessica Parker, now available in 7 countries and represented in Canada by Summit Fine Wines / Jackson Family Wines. Outside of knowing this is a Marlborough sauvignon blanc, little is known about Invivo X. This is certainly a potent and powerful Marlborough SB, with punchy guava, tropical melon, papaya, hedgerow, and white pepper flooding the palate. There's a full, plump base of glycerol to glide this medium-bodied white over the palate and match with substantial fare. Unmistakable Marlborough Sauvy.Prices: BC 29.99 Producer: Invivo & Co
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Lakeside Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis wine comes from their Osoyoos east bench vineyard and 22 year old sauvignon blanc vines. A cool ferment in stainless, and time on lees provided freshness and layers, while letting the vines maturity shine though. Tight and crisp lemon, gooseberry, and lime stream though this sleek sauvy, strung taut with citrus acidity, and punchy with cool, tropical melon.Prices: BC 25.00 Producer: Lakeside Cellars
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VQ Finca Venta Don Quijote Sauvignon-Blanc Macabeotext
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VQ Finca Venta Don Quijote Sauvignon-Blanc Macabeo 2019

Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla, SpainThis simple white blends sauvignon blanc and macabeo from central Spain's Tierra de Castilla into a short, lightly fruity, light-bodied sipper. White peach, green apple and white flowers appear on the brief, tight palate, finishing with a citrus snap. Best taken well chilled.Prices: BC 14.99 Producer: Bodega VQ
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Marc Deschamps Les Porcheronnes Pouilly Fumé 2019

Pouilly-Fume, Upper Loire, Loire, FranceI love pouring Pouilly-Fumé for folks that say they don't like sauvignon blanc. This sauvy comes from numerous clay and limestone hilltops in Les Loges, specifically La Cote and Les Griottes, both averaging 20 years in vine age. Bright and upright, with burnished lemon, smoked stone, medicinal-hued Rainier cherry, and guava. Waves of herbal green hedgerow and white grapefruit acidity stream this structural, juicy wine forward to a very long, spiced stone finish. Back to a more classic 13.5 degrees this year, this youthful wine is showing impressively now, but will continue to do so with cellaring.Prices: ON 28.95 Producer: Marc Deschamps
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Township 7 Sauvignon Blanc Provenance Series 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Provenance Series Sauvignon Blanc is new at Township 7, and most welcomed. It is a stripped-down version of the variety, aided by a touch of sémillon, and no residual sugar. The style is not for everyone, although I'm sensing drier styles like this are becoming more popular as wine drinkers evolve over the years. A portion of the mix is barrel fermented to help with mouthfeel, but there's a starkness and purity of flavour that suggests the wood is minimal. Ready for a variety of food, this will be a wine to watch moving forward, and frankly, another exciting step in the evolution of Township 7.Prices: BC 19.97 Producer: Township 7 Vineyards and Wineries
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Seven Terraces Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandLook for a typical, refreshing Marlborough sauvignon blanc that gets your attention with lively citrus, citrus rind fruit laced with intense passion fruit, and spiced with jalapeño. The attack is a yin and yang sweet and sour affair that is ready to drink. Best served with steamed mussels, asparagus dishes, and cream cheese.Prices: BC 18.99 AB 20.00 MB 22.00 BC 34.99 2000 BC 34.99 2000 Producer: Rossendale Winery
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Stachlburg Baron Von Kripp Terlaner Sauvignon 2017

Trentino- Alto-Adige, ItalyClassic northern Italian styling: elegance, lightness, minerality, and green fruit tones spill across the palate. A floral, spicy undercurrent adds interest before the herbal, forest berry undergrowth flavours take over. Really an intellectual white best consumed with a mouthwatering seafood dish. Ready to drink.Prices: BC 26.99 Producer: Stachlburg
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The Doctor's Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandDr. John Forrest has been pursuing the concept of low alcohol sauvignon blanc for more than a decade. His Doctors label, launched in 2012, is front and centre at 9.5 percent. This bone dry version of the intense Kiwi gooseberry, passionfruit style might seem stark to some, but attracts others in droves. It is fun to sip, and at lunchtime, it allows for the rest of the day to proceed in order. Try this with fish tacos or fresh steamed clams.Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Forrest Estate Wines
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Kono Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandKono is a reliable, native producer of Kiwi sauvignon from Marlborough. The attack is bright and fresh, laced with guava, passionfruit, and citrus. The style is fruit-driven, but the trick is halting the fermentation with a touch of residual sugar left to balance the palate and finish. Expect a bit of candied grapefruit in an otherwise mostly dry finish. Serve with a charcuterie plate, or freshly steamed mussels. Fine value in an introductory NZ sauvignon blanc.Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Kono Beverages
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Nederburg Sauvignon Blanc The Winemaster's Reserve 2019

Western Cape, South AfricaConsistency is the word to describe The Winemaster's Reserve, and at $14, you get all you could want with passionfruit and gooseberry aromas, and citrus, herbal, lime hrough the finish. It's stainless steel fermented and stored to maintain its bright and zesty style until you crack its screwcap seal. Friendly and affordable.Prices: BC 13.99 Producer: Nederburg Wines (Pty) Ltd.
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Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Western Cape, South AfricaA bright, simple, fresh style of sauvignon made in a round, soft, commercial way. The nose and palate are a mix of ripe pink grapefruit and gooseberry, with musky herbal notes in the finish. Just off-dry, this is a patio sipper that can take on simple bites. Ready to drink.Prices: BC 10.99 AB 11.00 SK 12.00 MB 11.00 ON 12.00 NB 12.00 NF 13.00 YK 12.45 Producer: Bergkelder, The (Distillers Corporation)
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Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Marlborough, South Island, New ZealandFramingham has always eschewed the power and aggressive notes of most Marlborough sauvignon, to its credit. The styling reflects a few key winemaking techniques including picking fully ripe Wairau Valley fruit, a small amount of fermentation on the skins, and small amounts of ageing in oak and acacia barrels for an even smaller amount of time. Each contributes to a layer of complexing that shouts 'I'm more than just passionfruit and acidity'. I love the richer, softer version of Kiwi sauvignon that tastes more balanced on the palate. Ready to drink and fairly priced.Prices: ON 21.95 Producer: Framingham
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09 July 2020

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Monastero Suore Cistercensi Benedic 2018

Lazio, ItalyThis is not your typical Italian white wine. Unless, that is, you usually take of natural wine made by nuns. In the case of Coenobium, it's grown and raised by the Roman Catholic Sisters of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, under the guidance of Giampiero Bea, son of one of Italy's most prominent non-interventionist wine producers, Paulo Bea. The sisters produce a very little amount of red wine for this blend of roughly equal parts santgiovese and ciliegiolo, plus a tip of newly planted merlot in 2018 for the first time, from vines planted near their historical plots. Even with a 2 week maceration, this pours a pale, cloudy crimson orange hue, leading into a beguiling tapestry of black tea, wild plum, rock roses, and scrubby herbs, twinged with balsamic and rinsed with mineral salts. Tannins are nubby to negotiable, and acidity shines subtlely. All has the calm understatedness of a superfluity of sisters. Let this breathe upon opening, and take with a slight chill.Prices: Producer: Monastero Suor E Cistercensi CO Trappiste
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Novaia Valpolicella Classico Organic 2017

Pedemonte Valpolicella, Verona, Veneto, ItalyFrom marl/clay/lime/tufa laden hillside vineyards in Novaia di Marano di Valpolicella, this classic blend of corvina / rondinella / molinara was fermented and rested 10 months in steel, prior to release. Bright cherry, red cassis, is streaked with green herbal branch, and finishes snappy and briefly. Tannins are soft and fine, housing this to a pasty end. Best with meatballs.Prices: BC 21.99 Producer: Novaia Azienda Agricola
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Locatelli Caffi Valcalepio I Pilendri Rosso 2015

Lombardy, ItalyFrom Lombardy's DOC Valcalepio, this blend of equal parts merlot and cabernet sauvignon came from hillsides east of Bergamo. The name Pilendri’ is an ancient expression to indicate a particular soil characterized by steep and elevated faces. The blend was aged one year in oak, followed by one year in bottle prior to release. Worn leather supports wild strawberries, red currant, fragrant raspberries along a medium bodied palate to a shorter finish. Tannins are savoury edged and fine, and acidity is impressively lofted. Enjoy this humble red with grilled veg and simple tomato sauced pastas.Prices: BC 23.99 Producer: Locatelli Caffi
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Braia Barbera d'Astitext
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Braia Barbera d'Asti 2017

Piedmont, ItalyBarbera can be such a lively, fun, friendly grape, especially when treated simply, respectfully, like this. From the Braia cru, in the town of Aramengo, this was destemmed and fermented in stainless, where it remained for half a year prior to bottling and a two months' rest prior to release. Juicy and joyous with plush cassis, cherries, fleshy blueberries, and inky plums. Tannins are soft, housing this to a mellow, spiced finish. Enjoy as intended, now in youth, with a simple meat and /or mushroom tomato sauced pasta dish.Prices: BC 23.99 Producer: Fasoglio
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Feudi di San Gregorio Rubrato Aglianico 2018

Campania, ItalyWild cherry, dark plum and blackberries coarse through this fresh, bright aglianico, from deep ash and pomice soils at 300-400m in southern Italy's Campania. This wisely preserved freshness comes from a ferment and aging stint entirely in stainless. Wild flowers, sap, thorns season the palate, with tannins fine and nubby, housing this to a wild flower and saline finish. This has all of aglianico's impact, with the freshness of youth, altitude, and soils. Drinking beautifully now.Prices: BC 33.00 Producer: Feudi Di San Gregorio
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Firriato Nari 2019

Sicily, ItalyNari is a classic spaghetti red made from a blend of nero d’avola and petit verdot. Typically Sicilian in structure, but a little lighter than you might think. There is some tannin and Italian dryness that permeates the dark, brooding fruit and spice. At $14.99, it is all you can expect and a bit more. Hamburgers would be an excellent match.Prices: BC 14.99 Producer: Firriato
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Basilisco Teodosio Aglianico del Vulture 2015

Basilicata, ItalyExpect a big, chewy, slightly rustic red from the volcanic soils of Aglianico del Vulture. You can feel the warmth of southern Italy with baked red fruits, but this wine is more about savoury mushroom and leather. You'll find more concentration and refinement in top examples from the region, but there's a lot to like here for this price.Prices: BC 21.99 Producer: Basilisco
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Feudi di San Gregorio Rubrato Aglianico 2012

Campania, ItalyYou can feel and taste the southern Italian heat in this ripe aglianico from Irpina. This was fermented and macerated in stainless over 2-3 weeks, before 10 months rest in stainless and 6 months in bottle, prior to release. Thick with dark chocolate, worn leather, baked black cherries, dried plums on a dense palate, with chewy, toothsome tannins to a lingering, dusky spiced finish. Ready for hearty braises and stews.Prices: BC 33.00 Producer: Feudi Di San Gregorio
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Argiolas Carda Nera Carignano del Sulcis 2017

Sardinia, ItalyCarginano Del Sulcis was made a DOC in 1977 for red or rosés made from the carignano (carignan) grape. Sulcis is a coastal zone in southern Sardinia, and includes the island of Sant'Antioco. This comes from the winery's dry farmed vineyards 500m from the sea, and on a mix of soil, sand, and clay soils. Deep with stony plum, thorny raspberry, ripe blackberry, this is seasoned with scrubby herbs, and finishing with mustard seed spicing. Tannins are soft and lightly sticky, making this youthful, wild, medium bodied red apt for drinking now.Prices: BC 29.00 Producer: Argiolas
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La Gerla Rosso di Montalcino 2016

Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, ItalyThis Sangiovese comes from hillsides around 300m, and vines averaging 15 years, and aged 22 months in Slavonian wood, prior to 2 months in bottle before release. The wood is very firmly felt now, even four years along, with ample toasted cedar framing the cushy cassis, blackberry, and baked plum fruit. There's a thread of tobacco and worn leather throughout, while soft, plump tannins hold this chewy wine in place to a brighter finish. Give this some airtime, and enjoy with hearty Bolognese or roasted squash.Prices: BC 39.00 Producer: La Gerla
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G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2018

Piedmont, ItalyMost barbera present with more aggressive acidity, but the Vajra opens with finesse, violets, and bright red fruit scents. The palate is equally inviting with more powerful blue, red, mineral, fruit flavours that finish balanced and fresh with tobacco. A perfect wine for spaghetti and meatballs now, or cellar through 2023. G.D. Vajra was established in 1972, and the wines are all about natural flavours. The fruit grows at 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo. Considered a traditionalist, Vaira balances old style winemaking methods with modern techniques, namely temperature controlled ferments.Prices: BC 34.99 Producer: G. D. Vajra
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G. D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2018

Langhe, Cuneo, Piedmont, ItalyG.D. Vajra is one of the foremost producers in Piedmont. Varja's Langhe Rosso is a blend of younger vine nebbiolo, barbera, dolcetto, fresia, albarossa, and pinot noir, meant to be a snapshot of Piemonte's Langhe. A baby Barolo if you like, and it is easy to see why. Look for a fragrant nose of tobacco, plums, and floral notes. The attack is round and forward with soft red fruit flavours reminiscent of cherries, pomegranates, spice, and liquorice, with a mineral dryness, finesse, and firmness in the finish that screams Italian. Onion soup, steak tartare, mushroom risotto, and young hard cheeses all work here.Prices: BC 30.00 QC 23.20 Producer: G. D. Vajra
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Tenuta di Castellaro Ypsilon 2017

Sicily, ItalyThis comes from Lipari Island, part of the volcanic Aelian Islands north of Sicily. The blend is based on corinto nero, an indigenous variety commonly associated with the Aelian Islands, alongside 30% nero d’avola, and 10% alicante. The fruit is destemmed and then fermented with wild yeasts at cool temperatures, with a short time on the skins. It is then aged in stainless steel for 12 months and bottled unfiltered. From the winemaking to the glass, there’s a clear stylistic aspiration: a light-bodied, juicy red that is meant to be enjoyed with a slight chill. However, it doesn’t sacrifice any sense of place in achieving that. The fruit shows clear Mediterranean character, with sunbaked black fruits, sun-dried tomato, herbs, and a distinctive florality. It’s quite savoury, true to Italian form, but moreish in a way that will be familiar to fans of Beaujolais. A wine well off the beaten path that is worth discovering.Prices: BC 35.99 Producer: Tenuta di Castellaro
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Tenuta di Castellaro Ypsilon 2017

Sicily, Italy350 metre deep, sandy volcanic soils are at the heart of this 60/30/10 blend of corinto, nero d'avola, and alicante grown on Sicily's Lipari Island. The attack is attractively ripe but balanced by altitude acidity and the island's magical volcanic soils. Bing cherries mark the nose and spill across the palate, mixing with black raspberries and dried herbs. There is a lot to like here, and it is only beginning to show its very bright future. Savoury and laced with dense powdery tannin, this will age gracefully through 2025 and beyond. A whole roasted chicken would be an elegant dinner match.Prices: BC 35.99 Producer: Tenuta di Castellaro
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Di Majo Norante Contado Riserva 2014

Molise, ItalyThe Di Majo family is the largest and most important producer in Molise, and have been producing wines in the region since 1800. Alessio Di Majo is the current generation in charge of the 85 hectare, organically farmed estate. This aglianico comes from Camarda vineyard's sandy clay slopes, at 200m altitude. After one month maceration and fermentation, this spent 3 years in barriques and tonneaux. Well worn with time, this offers up plump, softened black plums, dusky cassis, wild thorny, salted spices on a deep, expansive, textural palate, weighted with ripeness and age, but straightened with a still-stern acidity, perfectly pitched to the heft of the wine. Aglianico's raging tannins are just now worn appropriately, making this eminently enjoyable with hearty braised dishes or ragu.Prices: BC 22.49 Producer: Di Majo Norante
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Cantina Tollo Cagiòlo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Reserva 2012

Abruzzo, ItalyFounded in 1960, Abruzzo's Cantina Tollo has grown into one of the foremost CoOps in Italy, with near 800 shareholders and approximately 3000 hectares of vineyards. They bottle 30% of their wine as Cantina Tollo, and sell the remainder bulk to other producers. This montepulciano comes from 25-30 year old vines and clay/limestone sites around Tollo, where the CoOp is based. After a lengthy maceration and warm fermentation, this rested 18 months in French barriques before an additional 6 months in bottle. Pouring a browning hue, reflective of its age, this smooth red carries leathery dried fruits, dried leaves, salted dried herbs and dried florals to the savoury finish. Waves of oxidation are creeping in, without surprise, and encouraging drinking this autumnal red right now.Prices: BC 32.00 Producer: Cantina Tollo
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Barone di Valforte Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018

Abruzzo, ItalyThis is a dependable go-to every year and the 2018 vintage is no different. It's everything you want in montepulciano: juicy black fruits that have a wild, savoury edge and a subtle floral lift. It's not overly complex, but it has a lovely purity. The tannins are not so overbearing that you couldn’t enjoy it on its own with a light chill. As with so many Italian reds, this will thrive at the dinner table. Good value.Prices: BC 21.99 Producer: Tenute Barone di Valforte
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San Fabiano Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2018

Tuscany, ItalySangiovese is tipped with canaiolo and colorino in this simple, rustic Chianti Classico. Tannins are ample and hard-edged, leaving a bitter ring around the already bitter Italian cherry and prune plum fruit. The finish is short and abrupt, and warmer than the 13.5 degrees should suggest. Requires equally rustic foods (lasagne, spaghetti) to match.Prices: BC 26.99 ON 27.00 NS 29.00 Producer: San Fabiano Calcinaia
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San Fabiano Calcinaia Casa Boschino Organic 2016

Tuscany, ItalyThis simple IGT Toscana blends sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot. Earthy dark fruit, smoked bark, peppery spices finish short and abrupt, with furry tannins housing the bitter edged fruit. Needs a saucy spaghetti in meat sauce to mitigate.Prices: BC 19.99 Producer: San Fabiano Calcinaia
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La Stoppa Trebbiolo 2018

Emilia-Romagna, ItalyIn 1991, La Stoppa owner Elena Pantaleoni partnered with Guilio Armani of Denavolo, and they made the decision in 1996 to replant the older traditional varieties (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir) with indigenous vines of Barbera, Bonarda, Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, Ortruga and Trebbiano. The estate covers 58 hectares, 30 of which are organic vineyards. Trebbiolo is a blend of 60/40 barbera/bonarda, from the younger estate vines. Pouring a slightly hazy hue, this naturalist blend of Barbera and Bonarda is taken from the younger vines of the estate. Ripe wild strawberries, summer raspberries, young blackberries float along the juicy, plumped palate, reined in by a bracket of savoury herbs, sharpened with tart cranberry acidity. Tannins are a mere suggestion, hugging this slight wine to a juicy finish. Youthful, savoury, and fruity.Prices: BC 34.00 Producer: La Stoppa
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Elio Sandri Perno Barolo 2014

Piedmont, ItalyCascina Disa in Monforte d'Alba was a settlement of Monks of the Abbey of Breme at the beginning of the 15th century, and even then was used for wine production. Since 1965 it has become the heart of the Sandri family winery, that continues the ancient wine-growing traditions of the area. Elio now makes his wines with the highest respect for nature and for tradition, eschewing industrial methods. A characteristic orange tint, this Barolo opens with dried herbs, earl grey tea along a leathery palate, wrapping a core still very much alive with wild cherry, perfumed rose petals, thyme, salted sage, and bergamot. Tannins are ample, but worn softened with 6 years of age, giving a gentle tug to the palate, drawing this to a lingering ferrous close. A beaut.Prices: BC 85.00 Producer: Elio Sandri
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Sartori Valpolicella Superiore 2016

Pedemonte Valpolicella, Verona, Veneto, ItalyThis limited edition Valpo Superiore was released for the winery's 120th anniversary, and comes from a single clay-limestone vineyard at 260m. The blend of 50% Corvina Veronese, 35% Corvinone, 10% Croatina, and 5% Rondinella was fermented in stainless, and then racked in to oak casks for 18 months prior to the barrel selection blending. Round and plump with concentrated black cherry, dark plum, anise, and leather, on a well-worn palate, seasoned with dried savoury herbs. Tannins are supple, and the finish spiced. Drink now with roasted pork or root veg.Prices: BC 42.99 AB 20.95 Producer: Casa Vinicola Sartori S.p.A.
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Sartori Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 120 Anniversary 2015

Pedemonte Valpolicella, Verona, Veneto, ItalyThis limited edition Valpo Ripasso Superiore was released for the winery's 120th anniversary, and comes from old vines on overhead pergola, Veronese-style. This blends 55% Corvina Veronese, 25% Corvinone, 15% Rondinella, 5% Croatina. After a stainless ferment, this was racked to concrete prior to the Ripasso fermentation, where the wine passed over leftover Amarone fermentation skins, soaking up additional aromas and tannins. Rich and concentrated with dried black cherries, rum soaked prunes, baked blackberries, on a plump, ripe, worn leathery palate, ending with a sweet vanillin note. Tannins are soft and sticky, and the finish is filled with peppery spices. The concentration in this wine calls for equally concentrated foods.Prices: BC 39.99 AB 34.99 Producer: Casa Vinicola Sartori S.p.A.
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08 July 2020

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LaStella Moscato D’Osoyoos 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMoscato d'Asti realized in the Okanagan, this little spritzy wine blends moscato bianco, muscat ottonel, and orange muscat from Osoyoos Lake District. The vines are now up to 10 years old, happily growing on heavy clay/gravel soils. The aforementioned light spritz lifts lime blossoms, gooseberries, elderflower along a slight, off-dry palate. The ultimate breakfast, or light fruit dessert wine.Prices: BC 19.99 500 Producer: LaStella
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Clos du Soleil Winemaker's Series La Côte Vineyard Viognier 2019

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis viognier comes from their organically-farmed estate La Côte vineyard, on the upper bench of Keremeos. After a whole cluster press, this was fermented in older French puncheons, and aged on lees for 5 months. Viognier's inherent lushness and fatness is smartly tamed here, with plump orchard fruits, juicy mandarin, nectarine, star anise, and ample spice, all in a tidy 3.8 g/L. Tropical, yet restrained, this is a drinkable 14+ degrees wine.Prices: BC 22.90 Producer: Clos du Soleil Winery
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Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards The Unwinder Ehrenfelser 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis off-dry ehrenfelser came from their estate Greata Ranch vineyard, as well as vineyards in Naramata and the Southern Okanagan. Fermented entirely in stainless, this finished with 6g/L RS. Ripe melon, gooseberry, white peach, pink florals is seasoned with anise and spice, which helps counter the off-dry palate. Chill well, crack, and try this summer with Thai or Vietnamese.Prices: BC 24.50 Producer: Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards
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Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Blanc 2018

Chinon, Touraine, Loire, FranceOnly 2% of Chinon is planted to white, so when you find a Chinon Blanc, you know you're in for a special chenin blanc experience. This organically farmed chenin comes mostly from Ligre's chalky, limestone clay soils. This was native cool fermented in stainless, to preserve the bright, fresh, very special character of chenin on limestone. Wildflower honey, pear skin, lemon, eraser, subtle quince streams along the lees-lined palate, finishing with a shimmering hum of energy. A beaut now, but will certainly continue to hold in your cellar over the next few years. A mystery while they bottle this with a plastic cork.Prices: ON 25.00 Producer: Jean-Maurice Raffault
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Clos du Soleil Winemaker's Series La Côte Vineyard Viognier 2019

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaClos du Soleil owns and runs an organically-farmed estate named La Côte Vineyard. The upper bench Keremeos fruit is the subject of this wine. Wisley fermented in older French puncheons, this aged on its lees for five months. I love the slimmed-down style, and the minerality and brightness of the Similkameen are shining through in the form of ripe orchard fruits and a full, juicy, spicy finish with barely a whisper of sugar. A definite winner if you like the leaner viognier style.Prices: BC 22.90 Producer: Clos du Soleil Winery
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Terravista Viognier 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA blend of fruit from Oliver and Naramata Bench, this was whole bunch pressed then fermented and aged in stainless steel. It's a more citrus-fruited expression of viognier, with white floral aromatics that are present but not overwhelming. Sometimes viognier can be over-the-top and cloying, but this is medium-bodied, and surprisingly refreshing, while easily carrying the 13.9% declared abv. Clean, crisp, and delicious.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Terravista Vineyards
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Indigenous World Muscat 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is a blend of muscat ottonel, orange muscat, and black muscat from Indigenous World’s home vineyard in West Kelowna. This is a soapy, perfumed style of muscat that’s initially muted by a reductive funk. It has an unusually tart frame, and could use some residual sugar to bring this into balance, but still manages to achieve a creamy, oily texture at only 11.5% abv. Best at the dinner table with a light summer salad.Prices: BC 13.99 Producer: Indigenous World
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St. Hubertus Chasselas 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI have said it before, but this is quintessential Swiss Wine. Free of sugar, its delicate structure and freshness walk a tightrope from the front of your palate to the back, and its citrus, grassy flavours are as food-friendly as it gets. Perfect for a backyard gathering for fondue, a simple charcuterie plate, or steamed shellfish. Terrific value.Prices: BC 19.50 Producer: St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
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Road 13 Viognier 2018

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis Blind Creek Vineyard viognier hails from the Similkameen Valley. An average year changed after the wildfires took over in 2018, making the growing season another challenging campaign, with smoke blocking off a lot of sunlight and slowing down ripening. The result was intense flavours at lower potential alcohol levels, and healthy natural acidity levels. The grapes were picked for richness, complexity, and aromatics, pressed whole bunch, and fermented in stainless steel to retain as much flavour a possible. The nose is a classic mix of apricots and nectarines, with floral, orange blossom. The mid-weight palate is fresh and lively, with similar flavours. Ready to drink, it is an excellent rich/rich match with prawns, crab, scallops, or peaches wrapped in prosciutto.Prices: BC 21.00 Producer: Road 13
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Bartier Bros. Muscat 2019

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis muscat ottonel is hand-harvested off the sandy/loam topsoil and sandy/silty subsoils of the gravel bar, middle bench, that runs through the Bartier Winery, below Black Sage Road. A brief six-month sleep follows a whole cluster press and a cold, 17° C ferment in stainless steel. At 10.5 percent alcohol, this is a fantastic patio sipper to while away the afternoon, and at $17.99, it's highly affordable. I love the floral, desert scrub aromatics, and the slight pétillant palate to heighten the freshness. Don't overthink this wine. Get out some favourite crackers and cream cheese and party on.Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Bartier Bros.
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Narrative Viognier 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Narrative collection includes wines and spirits made from grapes sourced from independent growers across the Okanagan. The wines are meant to be storytellers that illustrate the Okanagan terroir and growing conditions, chiefly dry, short, and intense. Viognier is new to the mix, but it gets the now well-known slow, concrete fermentation that is adding weight and texture throughout. The fruit is bright and tropical, with round, oily, orange notes, but all with a touch of lift and spice to keep it fresh. Indeed, the story is quite good.Prices: BC 22.90 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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Terravista Viognier 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA blend of warm Oliver and cooler Naramata Bench fruit, this was whole bunch pressed and fermented and aged in stainless steel. The attack is a vibrant, creamy version of viognier, packed with tangerine and spicy apricot preserves on the palate. It is the full meal deal, albeit with some freshness. If you like your viognier in a rich way, stock up. Lobster is the match.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Terravista Vineyards
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07 July 2020

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Seven Terraces Pinot Noir 2018

Canterbury, South Island, New ZealandAlways consistent, the Seven Terraces remains a workhorse Canterbury pinot from its cool, spicy rhubarb and floral nose to its silky, savoury, strawberry, carrot top, earthy compost flavours. Simple, fresh, round, and drinkable, it is is a perfect mid-week red that works with salmon, chicken, pork or a vegetable casserole.Prices: BC 27.00 ON 19.95 AB 23.00 Producer: Rossendale Winery
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Loveblock Pinot Noir 2014

Central Otago, South Island, New ZealandThis is a very serious wine, from the hallowed pinot noir soils of Central Otago. The estate Loveblock vineyard, in a warmer section on Bendigo Loop Road, is planted to clones B777, B667, B115, Clone 5 (Pommard) and Abel, on molyneux soils (sandy loam over schistous gravels). Partial whole berry and native fermented, this was aged in a mix of stainless and oak for 8 months. Savoury and gravelly, with wild cherry, raspberry, and alluring fine perfume running a long, textured palate. Tannins are slight and grippy, properly setting this up for drinking now, or more time in your cellar.Prices: ON 35.95 NB 37.99 BC 40.00 Producer: Loveblock
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Turon LTD Pinot Noir 2019

Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaWinemaker Turon White is one of the leaders of New Wave Adelaide Hills, and wines like this, just a couple vintages into his own label, show why. The Limited Range is a bottling of one stand-out parcel within a block, and only one barrel of each variety is made each year. Darker shaded and fruited, with black raspberry, fleshy cherry, threaded with subtle smoke, sarsaparilla, dried roses, and savoury thorns. This came from a single clone of pinot noir, was 50% whole bunch, and native fermented. It spent 10 months in French oak. Tannins are slight and sticky, though acidity is modestly well matched to see this to a spiced fruitcake finish. Masterfully naturalist, this is best taken with a slight chill.Prices: BC 65.00 Producer: Turon Wines
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Turon Artist Series Pinot Noir 2019

Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaYoung winemaker Turon White is one of the leaders of New Wave Adelaide Hills, and wines like this, just a couple vintages in, show why. Pouring a slightly hazy hue, this Lenswood pinot noir is a mix of 4 clones, was 30% whole bunch and native fermented, before 9 months in French oak (10% new). The whole bunch proportion is noticeable, with a branchy, earthy, herbal, sapid note shading wild raspberry, rhubarb, and wild cherry, with crunchy acidity brightening a youthful, silken palate. Tannins are slight and sticky, housing this medium bodied wine to an amply peppery and saline studded finish. Youthful and naturalist, and best taken with a slight chill, as intended. For the Artist Labels, Turon provided artist Kellie Em with the tasting notes of each wine. She then designed the artwork, providing her visual metaphor for the personality of each wine.Prices: BC 45.00 Producer: Turon Wines
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Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Santa Rita Hills, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, United StatesThe style is in-your-face pinot with full-on fruit aromas and flavours. It may be intense from a European standpoint, but it is restrained by New World standards. The nose is a dusty mix of sandalwood, brown spices, and tea leaf undercut by an earthy/forest floor, raspberries and pomegranate. The fruit rests in all neutral barrels; stems are an essential part of the structure and earthy characters of the Sta. Rita Hills fruit. Warm, mouth-filling and ready for rich duck or pork dishes. Drink o hold through 2023. The Brewer-Clifton pinot is an assembly of three Sta. Rita Hills AVA sites: 3D (Swan, Pommard and 667 clones), Machado, and Hapgood (Merry Edwards clone).Prices: BC 43.99 AB 37.50 US 49.00 Producer: Brewer-Clifton
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05 July 2020

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LaStella Lastellina Rosato 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaLaStellina is a mix of both press and bleeding techniques, using cabernet franc, merlot, and sangiovese. In 2019 the colour is a pale orange/pink. It is slightly off-dry and showing a flatter, warm, southern style with crushed Bing cherries flecked with a touch of orange and pear. The winery suggests pairing with spicy Thai and Indian dishes, and I agree.Prices: BC 22.99 Producer: LaStella
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Road 13 Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada2019 is a mix of 60/37/3/ gamay noir/cabernet franc/syrah that gets an overnight cold soak before a cool fermentation. The colour is off pink, and the style is juicy and fresh with just enough sugar to offset the acidity. Citrus, strawberries, and pomegranate invite sip after sip. Pair it with a variety of summer, physical-distancing patio parties. Think Bocconcini, tomato basil skewers, raw oysters, roasted chicken, or smoked salmon crème cheese and crackers.Prices: BC 23.99 Producer: Road 13
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03 July 2020

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Ethica Wines Cantina Lavis Simboli Rosé Pinot Grigio 2019

Treviso, Verona, Veneto, ItalyA pretty package, pale peachy copper colour, and perky nose of stone fruit, apple, and white blossoms attract. Tangy flavours of red apple, peach, and lemon keep the palate tight and tidy, with a savoury, earthy finish. Chill this clean, amiable wine for a picnic, where its core of focused fruit will quickly take on a hearty muffuletta sandwich. Organic farming and a great price tag make two more reasons to try this stylish Italian rosé.Prices: BC 14.99 QC 12.75 Producer: La Vis Sca (Ethica Essenza del Vino)
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Poplar Grove Lakeview Rosé 2019

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis rosé gets you at the bottle, with clear glass, sleek contoured shape and apothecary stopper. It positively glows from within and shouts 'drink me now.' Glossy translucent coral, it's all about red fruit on an extroverted nose - raspberries, strawberries and cream with a sprinkle of black sage. Juicy cherries, red currant and cranberry, the flavours swell in the mouth and end with a limey jangle. Vividly fruity, beautifully balanced, it shows just how ably malbec is suited to rose wines. Bold, fresh, full-flavoured and possessing a distinctly Okanagan herbal identity, Bone dry, only 12.5% alcohol, it's complete enough to sip solo or fancy up with crab salad. There's more to this rosé that meets the eye: Poplar Grove is a family-owned Naramata winery, and the fact that they are donating $5 per bottle to the BC Hospitality Foundation is beyond generous. There are only 300 cases of this heartwarming rosé, so don't miss your chance to do some good.Prices: BC 30.05 Producer: Poplar Grove Winery
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Lakeside Cellars Rosé 2019

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEqual parts estate cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon go into this off-dry rosé, each with a few hours on skins prior to pressing and fermenting solo, prior to the blend. Cherry blossoms, strawberry, rose hips float atop a creamy base, seasoned with wild herbs. Easy to enjoy, but not dumbed down, this is the rosé-in-holding until their estate cinsault vines are mature enough to take their place. Hopefully next vintage will dial down the RS just a notch.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Lakeside Cellars
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Clos du Soleil Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe 2018 rosé was malbec, and this year's version is cabernet sauvignon, entirely from Clos du Soleil's certified organic estate vineyard, on Keremeos' Upper Bench. After 4 hours skin contact, this was gently pressed off and fermented slow and cool in stainless, where it remained on lees without disturbance until light filtration and bottling. When first opened, this youthful, deeper hued pink gives off an earthy reductive huff, indicative of cabernet sauvignon not wanting to be made into rosé, but after a short amount of airtime, more pretty red fruit characters emerge. Potent strawberries, spiced raspberries fill the silken palate, with a subtle and alluring pink peppercorn dusting the shorter finish. Atypical, for certain, but works, especially with the likes of salmon, beef, vegetarian, or chicken burgers / sausages.Prices: BC 21.90 Producer: Clos du Soleil Winery
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Clos du Soleil Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCabernet sauvignon from Clos du Soleil’s organic certified Estate Vineyard, this was picked late into October, then crushed and cold soaked for four hours. Just looking at this wine makes you want to drink it, with a striking pale salmon colour. The fruit is equally subdued and elegant, with tart cranberry and grapefruit. Even with the late pick date, it’s still slender and medium-bodied but rather austere with bracing acidity, perhaps indicative of the vintage. Should shine with a warm goat cheese salad.Prices: BC 21.90 Producer: Clos du Soleil Winery
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Clos du Soleil Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe cabernet sauvignon is grown specifically for this wine, on a steep southern-facing slope of Clos du Soleil’s La Côte Vineyard, on the Upper Bench of the Similkameen Valley. The nose is delicate and aromatic, with notes of red cherries and pomegranate. The attack is lively with juicy raspberry, cherries, and rhubarb, streaked with a bit of salty, mineral, orange zest. The fruit is destemmed, lightly crushed, and soaked under dry ice for 6 hours, followed by gentle pressing, and a long, slow, cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged on lees until bottling. Almost any food works here, including salmon, chicken, soft cheeses, cheesy popcorn, or a sunny patio. Well done.Prices: BC 21.90 Producer: Clos du Soleil Winery
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Township 7 Rosé Provenance Series 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis wine has really improved in the past three years with clearly more sensitive and intelligent winemaking getting the most, or in this case, the least, out of some pretty big fruit you wouldn't normally associate with rosé, The mix includes cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, petit verdot, and a touch of syrah. Another surprise is the freshness and fruit dance that it does across the palate, with crispy edges and delicate citrus acidity. Throw in a beautiful pale pink colour, and you have a winner. Name your food or sip solo on a sunny patio. Well done.Prices: BC 24.97 Producer: Township 7 Vineyards and Wineries
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Crowsnest Similkameen Sunset 2019

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada2019 is a blend of pinot auxerrois and pinot noir, in a fresh and clean off-dry style. The fruit is all Similkameen, with bright cherries and strawberries and just enough acidity to keep it from being cloying. A solid effort in a rounder style that will be perfect with a favourite summer curry. Good value.Prices: BC 16.45 Producer: Crowsnest Vineyards and Barcello Canyon
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Free Form Rosé 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom Sekhon Family Vineyard in Osoyoos, this cabernet franc rosé was fermented using wild yeasts and then aged on its lees in concrete. This nicely balances bright red berry fruit with smoky herbs, led by strawberry and tobacco leaf. Light on its feet at 12% abv, this is fleshed out by a bit of residual sugar (6 g/L), with added texture from the extended lees aging. Balanced by juicy acidity, the result is a dryish style that is both serious and approachable.Prices: BC 26.90 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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Haywire Gamay Rosé 2019

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada2019 Gamay Rosé comes entirely from the certified organic Secrest Mountain Vineyard now owned by Haywire. It is a high altitude, organically farmed site just north of Oliver. Haywire tends to tangle and be unpredictable, a term that, according to owners Chris Coletta and Steve Lornie, is an “apt description of their impromptu decision to own a winery." Rosé wines are a focus at OCP, and you can feel it through this bone-dry savoury pink that is crisp and mouthwatering. The fruit is whole bunch pressed into an 80/20 mix of both concrete and stainless steel, and fermented using native yeasts. Look for subtle hints of wild strawberry and crushed raspberries dusted with black pepper, in what is a spare, fresh version of rosé.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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Lock and Worth Cabernet Franc Rosé grey label 2019

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis grey label Cab Franc Rosé sources fruit from a small sandy Naramata vineyard planted at the original Poplar Grove property in 1995. There was also a bin of cab franc from Oliver tipped into this year's rosé, to make the most of a lovely looking extra bin of fruit needing a home. This was whole cluster pressed and into neutral French oak for 6 months prior to bottling without fining or filtration. Pouring slightly hazy, this carries bergamot, pear, wild strawberries, and a flush of mineral salts along a slender palate, lined with fine herbal lees, and finishing with a tangerine snap. Striking, serious, smashable, this is the pink for folks like me to drink all summer and beyond.Prices: BC 22.00 Producer: Lock & Worth
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Harper's Trail Rosé 2019

Kamloops, British Columbia, CanadaThe colour has been adjusted to a more Provençal pink, and the aromatic nose carries subtle scents of crushed strawberries and watermelon. The attack is mostly dry with more red berries, all in a pleasant, light, mineral, understated style. Will work with a variety of summer bites, especially outside.Prices: BC 16.99 Producer: Harper's Trail Estate Winery
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50th Parallel Estate Pinot Noir Rosé 2019

Lake Country, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaLike many others in BC, this rosé has been given an overhaul for the better from its pale pink/orange colour to its refreshing, juicy citrus and red fruit. This pinot noir is a cool, savoury, watermelon, strawberry-scented pink with just a hint of candied notes in a mostly dry finish. Ready to drink and a piece of grilled salmon would be an excellent match.Prices: BC 23.50 Producer: 50th Parallel Estate
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Croft Pink Port NV

PortugalCroft was well ahead of the #roséallday craze with their Pink Port, though this pours such a deep pink that you’d almost be forgiven for thinking it was a lightly-coloured red wine. It's a blend of the traditional red Port grapes, and amazingly it does have some recognizable Port character. There's berry fruit, yes, but there's also nutty, oxidative notes reminiscent of a tawny port. Plus, this is still fortified and still sweet, with 100 g/L residual sugar and 19.5% abv. Although quite enjoyable on its own with a good chill, any one of the cocktails on Croft Pink's website are also tempting. The good news is this will keep in your fridge for a good while to try them; I don't recommend finishing a bottle in one sitting.Prices: BC 21.99 AB 19.99 ON 20.00 QC 20.00 NF 20.00 MB 22.00 NS 20.00 Producer: Taylor Fladgate Partnership
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Le Vieux Pin Vaïla Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaVaila 2019 is a straightforward rosé made from direct press pinot noir. It’s a hands-off effort, yielding a simple, subtle style of rosé with a dry mid-palate. There is just a hint of strawberries and raspberries with a note of desert scrub and a short, tart finish. Ready to drink, and must be served with food to best effect.Prices: BC 24.99 Producer: Le Vieux Pin
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Mt. Boucherie Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe 2019 Rosé is a cofermented field blend of zweigelt and pinot noir from vines averaging 18 years of age planted over decomposed granite from nearby Mt. Boucherie. It’s a very ripe bone dry rosé with a mix of juicy watermelon, strawberry, orange, and spice. Light and fresh and ready to drink, chill this down before serving it on the patio or with any number of summer bites, including spicy ones.Prices: BC 21.99 Producer: Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery
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Le Vieux Pin Vaïla Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis direct press rosé of pinot noir was fermented and aged briefly in stainless, to preserve freshness. Softer than last year's, this silken dry rosé shows strawberries, raspberries, subtle orange, faint florals, on a slight, subtle palate, finishing briskly, with an astringent rinse reminiscent of ale.Prices: BC 24.99 Producer: Le Vieux Pin
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Culmina Family Estate Saignée Rosé 2019

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCulmina's 2019 Saignée shows a really proper rosé nose of joyful red fruit and botanicals in a perfect aroma ratio. Big and expansive in the mouth with juicy cherries, peppered strawberry, and tart red apple, and perfect note of herbal pungency. Add in the richness of a creamy/glossy texture, 14% abv, and you've got a powerful rosé with body, heft, and staying power. Put its mouthwatering acidity and flavourful super-dry finish to work with crab cakes, grilled pork chops, or simple saucisson sec and crusty baguette. Very well made rosé from malbec, merlot, cabernet franc, and cabernet sauvignon that is ridiculously appealing and moreish.Prices: BC 24.00 Producer: Culmina Family Estate Winery
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Mission Hill Reserve Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCoppery pink/gold attractive colour with decisive aromas of watermelon, ripe peach, and red plum. Delicious flavours run the spectrum from pink grapefruit to cranberry and cherry, well washed with limey acidity and refreshed by a raspberry leaf character. Dry but with plenty of fruit, this come-hither rosé is juicy, lipsmacking, and pungent in a good way. A savoury pairing like tapenade thickly spread on a crisp cracker will unlock even more pleasing fruit. Fruit is from the South Okanagan: 50% merlot, 45% syrah, and a 5% pinch of pinot noir.Prices: BC 21.99 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Vigneti Villabella Bardolino Chiaretto Classico 2018

Bardolino, Verona, Veneto, ItalyPouring a glowing orange hue, this salty dry rosé blends corvina and rondinella from the clay soils surrounding the village of Calmasino, the the heartland of Bardolino. This rosé could only be Italian, what with the campari, bitter orange, pine nuts, Mediterreanean citrus, and dried sage running on a bed of herbal lees. Bright acidity throughout to the very lengthy finish. Super savoury, interesting, and very moreish.Prices: BC 19.99 Producer: Vigneti Villabella
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St. Hubertus Frizzante Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI am no longer surprised by the wine coming out of St. Hubertus. Fresh, bright, and correct, they have nailed the everyday rosé, a gamay noir blush made for summer. The colour is light orange/pink, the attack fresh with a juicy frizzante edge pushing up a strawberry, rhubarb, pink grapefruit off-dry palate that invites. Grilled chicken, salmon, or pork, anyone?Prices: BC 19.50 Producer: St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
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Le Petit Chat Malin Rosé 2019

Ventoux, Southern Rhone, Rhone Valley, FranceI'm always amazed how a wine like this gets fumbled around in BC retail when it has been pretty impressive for the price since that day it arrived more than a decade ago. From its eye of the partridge colour to its fresh, floral strawberry and citrus nose, this is a delight to sip all afternoon and evening on a sunny patio. It was made by the rosé de presse method, where the grapes are not macerated on their skins but instead go immediately to the press to extract only the most delicate of aromas and flavours. Following alcoholic fermentation, only the best cuves make it to bottle. The result is a Provence-style dry rosé, full of juicy strawberry, raspberry with a twist of garrigue spicing. Pair with tomato and cheese pasta dishes, crab, pork, or chicken. Back up the truck, they are giving it away.Prices: BC 12.99 Producer: Boutinot
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Sea Star Blanc de Noir Rosé 2019

Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia, CanadaThis medium-peach hued rosé blends pinot noir from their organically farmed vineyards on Pender and Saturna Islands, and vines up to 25 years old. This year's is more plump, and peppery, than last year, with rooibos tea, cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate, brightened with red current tartness, and riding a light lees palate, finishing with a raspberry yogurt note and a marine saline rinse.Prices: BC 25.00 Producer: Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards
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Bartier Bros. Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe colour is a perfect pale pink/orange, at least for me a result of 38/33/29 mix of merlot, chardonnay and gewürztraminer, the latter an off-site addition from Summerland. The '19 is restrained, dry, and elegant and all you could want in a rosé to sip in the late day with a bite of food, or for dinner, given its freshness and ability to pair well with food. Delicate with dry cranberry, citrus pomegranate flavours that finish crisp and clean. There is just the perfect hint of fatness or texture to help it slide down. Ready to drink and priced accordingly.Prices: BC 17.99 Producer: Bartier Bros.
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Lunessence Blanc de Noir Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaExpect an enticing pale pink colour that reviews a fresh, clean strawberry and raspberry scent. The style is fresh with silky textures aided by 13 percent of the fruit going through a barrel ferment in neutral oak. At only 12 percent alcohol, it is fresh and juicy and made from an unexpected source of interplanted merlot and syrah. At 6 grams residual sugar, it is just off-dry with sweet pink grapefruit, though pleasantly drier than previous editions. Ready-to-drink and fun as well, you can enjoy this with barbecue pork, or a spicy sushi salmon roll. What a difference the white label and screwcap make to the first impression of this rosé, and its ability to remain stable in the bottle.Prices: BC 23.99 Producer: Lunessence Winery & Vineyard
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Poplar Grove Lakeview Rosé 2019

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI was pleasantly surprised by the dryness of 2019, which immediately elevates it to the first team of BC rosés. Fresh and mouthwatering, the strawberry and pink grapefruit, and perfect balance takes me to Provence. Serve all summer with your favourite patio bites. A rosé for grown-ups.Prices: BC 30.05 Producer: Poplar Grove Winery
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Meyer Rosé 2019

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada2019 is a blend of sites including the home McLean Creek Road vineyard in Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Naramata, and as far north as East Kelowna. The method is saignée (or to bleed off tanks) after 12-24 hours of skin contact. Some of the fruit is barrel fermented, adding some weight and roundness to the final mouthfeel. Look for a full-flavoured cherry, berry pink that slides down effortlessly, Provençal-style. Best with friends and a warm patio all summer evening.Prices: BC 20.00 Producer: Meyer Family Vineyards
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Mayhem Rosé 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMayhem is sailing in the blue ocean of BC wine. It is made for consumers who want a glass of fun without education or appellation talk, just something to drink on the patio when you need a hit of joy. Its secret: it is a well made rosé that begins with a savoury south Okanagan sagebrush scent that permeates a melange of red berries, plums, and cherries with a twist of red currants. It is a juicy, tart, peppery, pink merlot that is ready to drink. What are you waiting for?Prices: BC 19.13 Producer: Meyer Family Vineyards
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Calliope Rosé 2019

British Columbia, CanadaA unique mix of 45/35/25/ zinfandel/malbec/syrah spawns a vibrant cranberry coloured rosé. The nose opens with sweet fruit and floral aromas. On the palate, more candied apple, strawberry, a touch nectarine skin, and bitter citrus to keep it balanced. A softer, rounder version of pink made to take on spicy chicken, grilled pork, or tuna sushi rolls. Ready to drink.Prices: BC 16.99 Producer: Calliope Wines
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Culmina Family Estate R&D Rosé Blend 2019

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom Culmina’s research & development lineup, this small lot rosé opens with a pale peach/orange colour and a cool nose of rhubarb and raspberries. The texture is smooth and inviting with subtle hints of red fruits, a rich orange undercurrent, and a lightly savoury finish. An excellent selection for food. Ready to drink, but this will also work in the fall, especially at Thanksgiving.Prices: BC 19.00 Producer: Culmina Family Estate Winery
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Culmina Family Estate Saignée Rosé 2019

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Saignée Rosé is a bit of powerhouse at 14 percent alcohol and no shortage of ripe, round, silky fruit complete with a touch of caramel in the finish. The style is over the top juicy with spicy strawberry, cherry, herbal dusted fruit. Just enough acidity keeps it upright and ready to drink with substantial summer fare. Think crab, salmon cakes, grilled pork chops, or fresh cream cheese. A blend of malbec (32%), merlot (31%), cabernet franc (26%) and cabernet sauvignon (11%) from Arise Bench.Prices: BC 24.00 Producer: Culmina Family Estate Winery
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Monte del Frá Bardolino Chiaretto 2017

Bardolino, Verona, Veneto, ItalyChiaro means light, or pale, in Italian, which perfectly describes this dry Valpo rosé of Corvina, rondinella, and sangiovese, from vineyards in Sommacampagna, southeast of Lake Garda. Pale pink in hue, with white cherry, rosehips, perfumed yellow plum, salmonberry gliding along the silken smooth palate to a spiced finish. Drinking beautifully now, especially with charcuterie.Prices: BC 16.95 Producer: Monte del Frá
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Township 7 Pinot Noir Remuda Vineyard 2018

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaTownship 7's Remuda Vineyard Pinot Noir is made with a mix of Burgundy clones 115 and 667, grown in Okanagan Falls. The colour is dark, and the attack is rich with peppery pinot fruit and dense tannins reflecting the site's southern exposure. It was fermented over 11 days with two pumpovers per day before spending 12 months in French oak barrels. It's a bit of a monster at this point with spicy dark cherry coating your palate, with a prolonged spicy, savoury finish. Serve now with pork or grilled salmon, or let this one sleep through 2022 in the cellar.Prices: BC 35.97 200 Producer: Township 7 Vineyards and Wineries
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Nichol Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom vines planted in 2000 at the top of the property, around 700m, this was fermented in open-top fermenters before moving to neutral French barrique for 13 months, and then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bright and fresh, this lively pinot noir streams raspberries, wild blackberries, crunchy plum and perfumed summer strawberries along a slender palate, with tight and grippy tannins framing this to a long, saline and smoked stone finish. The most finessed, freshest Nichol PN yet, drinking beautifully now, and over the next few years.Prices: BC 26.00 Producer: Nichol Vineyard
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50th Parallel Estate Unparalleled Selection Pinot Noir 2017

Lake Country, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaUnparalleled is a mix of several blocks in 2017, a year that began wet and flooded, and ended mostly dry with lower yields. Block 6 and clone 943 make up half the blend, along with Block 3 and Block 7 boasting clones 115 and 667. The fruit is grown on sloping Lake Country vineyards situated at the 50th parallel. The style is rich, savoury and spicy with earthy forest floor notes and some light, youthful tannins to disperse. This wine needs time in the bottle or a substantial menu item like grilled salmon or a roasted pork loin.Prices: BC 50.00 Producer: 50th Parallel Estate
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50th Parallel Estate Pinot Noir 2017

Lake Country, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEven at 50 degrees north, this pinot is more about hedonism and power than delicacy, and that’s just fine with many consumers. A mix of Dijon clones is at the root of this boisterous red, with smoky, spicy red/black fruit and a fair dollop of tannin at this point. Mulberries, crushed leaves, black tea, and liquorice finish dry and a touch astringent. For now, pork is the match, but you could let settle in a for another year or two in the bottle.Prices: BC 34.00 Producer: 50th Parallel Estate
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Covert Farms Pinot Noir Grand Reserve 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is a single block pinot noir from 18 year old vines in Mimi's Block, located on the northwestern edge of Covert's expansive estate. Aged for 21 months in French oak, the nose is led by lavish oak spices with lifted, candied red fruits that are already slightly evolved. It’s a bigger style of pinot that’s more about weight than subtlety, with blocky tannins and moderate acidity that finishes tart. I’d like to see a bit more concentration and freshness to the fruit, but fans of bold California pinot noir will find a lot to like here.Prices: BC 40.80 Producer: Covert Farms Family Estate
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Fort Berens Pinot Noir 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is a pan-BC pinot noir with fruit from Lillooet, the Okanagan, and Similkameen. It’s just missing the Islands. Naturally fermented, this was aged in French oak for 9 months, presumably older barrels as the oak is not very evident. It’s less of a fruit-driven style, and more about pinot noir’s sous bois and spice. Fairly light-bodied, and only 12.3% abv, the palate is lean with silky tannins and crisp acidity. It makes for a refreshing, savoury style that’s best enjoyed with a slight chill and will certainly appeal to Old World palates. Drinking well now, I don’t know if there’s the fruit to carry this past the next 1-2 years. Recommended.Prices: BC 25.99 Producer: Fort Berens Estate Winery
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Four Shadows Pinot Noir 2018

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom the Naramata Bench, this is a simple, red-fruited pinot that shows sour cherry and raspberry with a generous amount of dusty oak. Medium-bodied, it's rather foursquare with an assertive grippiness to the tannins, which is calling for a protein. The underlying fruit shows promise, but it just doesn't quite come into balance.Prices: BC 28.00 Producer: Four Shadows Vineyard and Winery
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Mt. Boucherie Pinot Noir 2018

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe latest Mt. Boucherie Similkameen Valley is an earthy, stinky, leathery, forest floor affair with a touch of rusticity. Slightly dry, bitter red fruit preview a soft, dark-fruited mid-palate and a shorter spicy, cool, dill finish. Best with food, and I suggest a mushroom risotto or a mushroom burger.Prices: BC 24.99 Producer: Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery
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Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Micro Cuvée McLean Creek Vineyards 2018

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMicro Cuvée Pinot Noir is a barrel selection from the home estate McLean Creek Road vineyard. In 2018, the grapes predominantly came from a block of Pommard Clone 91, with 25% coming from Clone 115. This went into two new French oak 500L puncheons, along with four one-year-old puncheon, where it remained for 11 months prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered. Unmistakably pinot, with its fragrant and pure black cherry, wild raspberry, forest scents, pencil lead, and dusky baking spices. Tannins are ripe, hugging this cushioned, expressive and forward pinot to a lingering spiced, saline finish. Enjoy this expansive pinot noir with duck or wild mushrooms, or tuck it away for a few years.Prices: BC 60.00 Producer: Meyer Family Vineyards
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Oak Bay Vineyard Pinot Noir Gebert Family Reserve 2016

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSt. Hubertus continues to exhibit the potential of East Kelowna pinot noir. Perfectly ripe and juicy with a subtle spicing, the winery continues down the less-is-more pinot road. Bright black cherries mix with raspberries and a sprinkling of oak, allowing what the Gebert family would suggest is the taste of the True North. Food-friendly and ready to drink. Salmon anyone?Prices: BC 35.00 Producer: St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
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Oak Bay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe last time i tasted this I noted that sometimes it is not what a pinot noir is, but it's more about what it isn't. This earthy, spicy, bright pinot with bright red fruit and forest floor notes is soft and round on the palate, finishing with a dusting of balsamic notes. Dry with a touch of tannins, you can serve this now with cream cheese and salmon, or pork and vegetable kabobs.Prices: BC 20.00 Producer: St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
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Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Micro Cuvée McLean Creek Vineyards 2018

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMicro Cuvée Pinot Noir is one of the best pinots made in BC, year in and year out. Since we need to avoid the Burgundy descriptor, I would characterize Micro Cuvee as a Grand Cru BC pinot given its incredible mouthfeel and lengthy, silky finish. It’s a best barrel selection from the home McLean Creek Road vineyard, and in 2018 the selection of two clones: a block of Pommard Clone 91, and a quarter of clone 115. It was aged eleven months in two new 500L French oak puncheons, along with four one-year-old puncheons, before it was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The style is fragrant and attractive but substantive on the palate with dark raspberry, slippery tannins, and a dusty saline mineral finish. It will repay cellaring or current drinking with creamy, rich mushroom, duck, pork, or turkey dishes. Good value too.Prices: BC 60.00 Producer: Meyer Family Vineyards
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Coolshanagh Pinot Noir 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCoolshanagh Pinot is a bit of a mystery wine, as in, it is hard to find. It is probably best to join the club to ensure any supply. Skip and Judy Stothert own the winery; the wine is ably made at Okanagan Crush Pad by winemaker Matt Dumayne, a Kiwi with a long history of making pinot noir in New Zealand, Oregon, and now British Columbia. Matt is inspired by the minimalist techniques of Burgundy, and he employs them in almost all of his wines. The vineyard is a tiny gem located at the northern boundary of the Naramata Bench at the Chute Lake cut off. The style is rudimentary in the right way, with silky textures, refined spice, and beautiful red fruit with just a whisp of desert scrub and pine tree. Mineral and vibrant, this is a delicious bottle of wine reminiscent of Cru Beaujolais with the charm and finesse of Côte de Beaune.Prices: BC 36.99 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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Lightning Rock Canyonview Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCanyonview is one of three pinot noir vineyards Lightning Rock owns / stewards in Summerland. The attack is firm and dry with bitter cherry on entry and a youthful tightness that runs through a spicy finish. It is fermented in three separate tanks boasting fluctuating percentages of whole cluster grape bunches before being pressed off into neutral oak of varying sizes. The vineyard was planted in 2003 on two terraces overlooking Trout Creek, and on a mix of south-facing sandy soil that is speckled with large granite stones. The alcohol is a super moderate 12.5 percent, leaving the fruit centre stage. If there's one quibble, there is a bit of reduction, but it does blow off in the glass.Prices: BC 35.00 Producer: Lightning Rock
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Lightning Rock Pinot Noir Elysia Vineyard 2018

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaElysia Vineyard impressed me with its sparkling wine contribution to Lightning Rock, and this still pinot is equally attractive. It one of three released and in 2018 and the best I have tasted. The vineyard was twelve years old at harvest and seemingly just hitting its stride. The attack is round and soft with mouth-filling and delicious cherry and plum, before ending in a salty, mineral, stony storm. Dry and firm, but with finesse, it has a lot going for it. Not sure about the ageing potential, but hell, why not drink it now? We can also assess it again if there is any left in 2025.Prices: BC 35.00 Producer: Lightning Rock
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1 Mill Road Pinot Noir 2018

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada1 Mill Road is the second incarnation of the Enns family, David and Cynthia, post Laughing Stock Estate, located a few kilometres south of the new venture. Cynthia Enns grows the fruit, while David is responsible for making the wine — in this case, a 2018 mid-Okanagan Naramata Bench pinot that appears to be well-suited to its lone 115 pinot noir clone. The fruit is grown just north of the village centre and is part of what the Enns hope will be a revitalization of the Naramata town centre, first founded in 1907. The vineyard was initially planted by the Enns in 2012 and used at Laughing Stock, but after today's tasting, I can safely say the style of the 2018 pinot bears little resemblance to anything we have seen before. The site planted on abandoned pear orchard overlooks the original village of Naramata, now enjoying a renaissance of sorts led by the Enns and a small band of locals. Heavier silty soils appear to help with the density and mouthfeel of this silky red-fruited wine that is located almost on the lake. Yet because it faces southwest, the Enns can let it hang most years to up the intensity but not the alcohol. Handpicked, hand-sorted and aged in oak tanks, year one is surprisingly fresh and nimble if not a touch Oregon/Burgundy-like. A 2019 barrel sample, tasted alongside, is even more impressive, with slightly darker ripe fruit tones that take us to Sonoma Coast/Central Otago. One to watch.Prices: BC 40.00 Producer: 1 Mill Road Vineyards
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Spearhead Pinot Noir GFV Saddle Block 2018

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe fruit is sourced from Spearhead's estate Saddle Block, in South East Kelowna. It is a wide mix of pinot clones, including 115, 777, 828 and 667. It is hand harvested, cold soaked for 5-7 days before a natural ferment, 16 to 21 days long, and a 13 month maturation in French oak barrels, of which 25 percent is new. The nose is savoury, and the attack cool forest floor scented and spicy. On the palate, sour cherries mix with floral, mineral, and white pepper notes with a herbal finish. Textures are soft, and the style is one that is ready to drink with root vegetables, duck, or salmon.Prices: BC 33.00 Producer: Spierhead Winery
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Spearhead Pinot Noir Golden Retreat Vineyard 2018

Summerland, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom Summerland's Golden Retreat Vineyard, this is one of three single vineyard pinots (plus two multi-site blends) that Spearhead is producing. Again, Summerland distinguishes itself as a very favourable home for pinot noir, in this case, a mix of Pommard, 115, and 777 clones, each native fermented with three weeks on skins before spending 13 months in French oak barrels, 25 percent new. Winemaker Grant Stanley opens his pinot with savoury, spicy juniper plum followed by dark raspberry, black fruit, earth, chocolate, and Worcestershire sauce. Fresh and piquant, this is a lively pinot you can pair with rabbit, duck, or pork, or pair up alongside a roasted Tuscan-style pizza. Well made and should age effortlessly through 2025 and beyond.Prices: BC 33.00 Producer: Spierhead Winery
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Spearhead Pinot Noir Coyote Vineyard 2018

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSourced exclusively from the West Kelowna Coyote Vineyard, this is clone 115. This is a spicy red-fruited pinot with swelling acidity, fresh plums and cherries, and intense savoury, dried herbs with a pinch of clove. A rich sockeye salmon grilled on the barbecue is the perfect match. It is a unique northern red that is becoming a big part of the future of the new, true north pinot noir. Drink or hold through 2024.Prices: BC 33.00 Producer: Spierhead Winery
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Quails' Gate Pinot Noir Richard's Block 2018

West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRichard's Block is part of the QG Collector's Series. It takes its name from the family patriarch Richard Stewart, who recently died, leaving a long legacy in the Okanagan Valley that includes bringing pinot noir to West Kelowna in the early 1970s. The fruit comes off the oldest blocks on Mt. Boucherie just above the winery and is a mix of clones, including 115, 667, 777 and 828, now on average 15 years in age. The nose is a complex mix of minerals, damp earth, and violet undertones. The palate is round and rich, with chocolate cherry, dried herbs, and a long silky finish. A New World style best served with full-flavoured, rustic menu items like osso buco, pork shoulder, mushroom pizzas, or wild salmon. A little less refined this year but will still have broad appeal thanks to its generosity on the palate.Prices: BC 64.99 AB 64.99 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
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Corcelettes Pinot Noir 2019

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA mix of two Similkamen vineyards is behind this soft, juicy fruit forward red. The style is weighty, more California than Burgundy, and all the fruit is aged in French oak. The palate is spicy and savoury with black cherry and soft, sweet, light tannins in the finish. Easy sipping and well balanced, this makes for a tasty introductory pinot noir that is priced accordingly.Prices: BC 22.52 Producer: Corcelettes Estate Winery
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Mission Hill Terroir Collection Pinot Noir Simes Vineyard 2018

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOne of the coolest Septembers on record slowed down the sugar accumulation, allowing the fruit to fully develop phenolically before a November 8 harvest of uniformly ripened fruit with mouthwatering freshness and acidity. The nose is full on intense with smoke, cedar, and forest floor elements followed by full flavoured dark berries and dusted in a savoury spice. Classic New World pinot noir. The grapes were only 15 days on skins, and 25 percent of the crop went into the fermentation in whole bunch clusters before ageing ten months in 100% French oak. The attack is somewhat reductive with earthy, herbal, forest floor. The cooler green style is vintage related, but the silky textures suggest this wine will be one to watch in subsequent years. Best now decanted for 45 minutes; serve with richer menu items like salmon in soy sauce, or duck confit.Prices: BC 50.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Mission Hill Terroir Collection Pinot Noir Dehart Vineyard 2018

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis single vineyard sits on a steep slope along DeHart road in East Kelowna, and is unique for its cool climate and early ripening characteristics. The key is complete afternoon sun exposure, which balances off its high, northern elevation site. It is all clone 777 that gives you intensity and vibrance along with a good measure of finesse. It's wild fermented and aged ten months in French oak prior to bottling without fining or filtration. In this super cool year, it clocked in at a modest 13.5 percent. Expect bright black cherry fruit, spice, and cedar on the attack and throughout the palate. The finish is showing a bit of dryness, but the tannins will dissipate over time in the bottle. Best now with mushrooms, chicken, pork, and salmon led menu items.Prices: BC 45.99 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe latest MHFE Reserve Pinot Noir has become a mix of sites, including cooler northern vineyards. The 2018 breakdown is Naramata (35%), Lakeshore (32%), East Kelowna (29%), and West Kelowna (4%). It was one of the coolest Septembers leading to harvest at full ripeness on November 8. There is richness and intensity here that you might associate with New Zealand or even Sonoma, aided by ten months in French oak. The attack is medium weight with intense red and some black fruit, with strong, savoury, peppery underbrush. Think salmon, pork, duck, or a favourite soft cheese to tame its youthful exuberance.Prices: BC 27.99 AB 26.00 ON 25.00 QC 26.00 MB 28.00 Producer: Mission Hill Family Estate
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Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017

East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom the Sperling family's East Kelowna estate, farmed biodynamically to best interact with the estate calcium/clay benches planted to French Dijon clones 114, 777, 828. 40 percent of the bunches are fermented whole and all of the wine is fermented to both alcoholic and malolactic dryness before being run into large French barrels, of which a small amount is new. 2017 isn't quite as charming as 2016, flashing brighter acidity and a thinner mid-palate. It's still very pinot with earthy, forest berries and a spicy, cherry, mushroom back end. Ready to drink.Prices: BC 35.00 Producer: Sperling Vineyards
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Haywire Pinot Noir 2018

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe white label pinot comes from Oliver's organically farmed Secrest Vineyard, now wholly owned by Haywire. It was native fermented in clay amphorae as well as concrete before blending and bottling. Soft on the palate, you can detect an earthy, cherry, plum nose that spills onto the palate with intense spice and a dusting of Okanagan desert garrigue. It's a juicy, ethereal, complex pinot that adds to the diversity of Okanagan offerings, and it is just coming into its perfect window of drinkability. Consider serving this with turkey in the fall or grilled pork off a summer barbecue.Prices: BC 26.90 Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
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