Mascota Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - 85pts

Mascota Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipú District) Mendoza - Argentina

: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $16.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14%

Date Tasted: June 22nd, 2017

Tasting Notes: The appealing nose of ripe cassis, brambly cherries and spiced oak is a little let down by the slightly, unbalanced palate, which, although finishes dry, is top-heavy with intense, wild berry acidity used to off-set the residual sugar perceptible upon entry. 
Drink now-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Tragically Vidal - 88pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2016 Tragically Vidal (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $17 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.7%
Date Tasted: June 21st, 2017


Tasting Notes: One of BC's best off-dry Summer sippers, Tragically Vidal is sourced from two Okanagan Falls sites and blended with 14% Orange Muscat to create an aromatic and vibrant wine with orange blossom, sweet peach, lychee and exotic aromas, palate-cleansing, ripe citrus acidity and flavours of fresh peaches, lime and tropical fruit. Finish is moderately long and balanced with tingling, citrus peel and spice notes lingering.
 Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017

Sperling Vineyards 2015 Market White - 87pts

Sperling Vineyards 2015 Market White (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $19
Alcohol: 11.2%
Date Tasted: June 18th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A lean, clean blend of Bacchus, Pinot Blanc and Riesling (percentages not available) with white peach, pear, lime rind, herbaceous and vegetal aromas and flavours. Finishes dry with plenty of citrus acidity and cool mineral notes. Pair with spicy noodle dishes and enjoy this wine in its youth. 
Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017

Blasted Church Vineyards 2015 Hatfield's Fuse - 88pts

Blasted Church Vineyards 2015 Hatfield's Fuse (Skaha Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here. BCLDB stores
Cost: $18.75 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 6300 cases
Date Tasted: June 17th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Hatfield's Fuse is an off-dry, mouth-watering blend of 10 white varieties with Gewurztraminer (22%), Pinot Gris (21%) and Viognier (20%) making up the bulk of the blend and flavour profile; a mixture of exotic and orchard fruits with fresh aromatics, herbaceous and citrus notes. The residual sugar and bright acidity are well-balanced, finishing tart with lingering citrus peel and a touch of spice. A solid contribution to the Summer-sipper, white blend category. 
Ready to go now. Drink 2017-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017

Black Hills Estate Winery 2015 Cellar Hand Punch Down Red - 90pts

Black Hills Estate Winery 2015 Cellar Hand Red (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Widely available at BCLDB stores and direct from the winery here
Cost: $24.90 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.1%
Date Tasted: June 15th, 2017

Tasting Notes: This is the best vintage of Black Hills' Cellar Hand Red to date. The 2015 edition is a traditional, Meritage-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (percentages withheld) which benefited from a long and dry growing season, producing excellent ripeness and intensely flavourful fruit. 

This intensity is on display throughout the Cellar Hand Red: dark fruit, violets, toasted oak, licorice, vanilla, coffee grinds and a hint of eucalyptus grace the generous nose and the lip-smacking, fine-tannin palate where spice and blood orange notes linger on the memorable finish. Ready to go now, though, this over-achiever should hold beautifully for a few years while you wait for your Nota Bene to mature. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017