Finca Decero 2014 Remolinos Vineyard Malbec - 91pts

Finca Decero 2014 Remolinos Vineyard Malbec (Agrelo) Mendoza - Argentina

Availability
: Special order, private wine stores
Cost: $23.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: May 23rd, 2017

Tasting Notes: A well-balanced Malbec sourced from a single, high altitude vineyard in the Agrelo appellation of Mendoza offering layers of concentrated, dried, dark fruit aromas and sweet vanilla and crushed violet notes on the refined nose. Spends 14 months maturing in French oak barrels and neutral tanks (90/10 split, respectively) prior to bottling, contributing a lushness to the wine and rounding the edges of the tannins and natural acidity. Palate is smooth, concentrated and offers good continuity from the nose. A lengthy, spice-laced finish lingers pleasantly.
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Kaiken 2012 Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon - 89pts

Kaiken 2012 Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza) Argentina

Availability
: Special order, private wine stores
Cost: $24.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: May 19th, 2017

Tasting Notes: An ultra smooth Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Malbec blended in to contribute lifted blackberry aromas and flavours to the, otherwise, serious black fruit proceedings. Cassis and blueberry fruit lead the way with plenty of support from the spicy and savoury affects of 12 months prior in French oak barrels prior to bottling.


Offers, fine tannins and lively acid on the palate with a touch of smoke and spice that linger on the moderate-plus finish. Manages its 14.5% alcohol superbly. Starting to peak and ready to go now or over the next 2 years. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Kaiken 2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon - 86pts

Kaiken 2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Lujan de Cuyo) Mendoza - Argentina

Availability
: Special order, private wine stores
Cost: $14.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: May 20th, 2017

Tasting Notes: At 5 years of age, this well-made, budget Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza has already peaked with mature aromas and flavours blooming on the prune-spiked, blueberry'n'spice nose and on the similarly-flavoured, smokey-tannin, (nearly) off-dry, palate.
 Drink 2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Le Vieux Pin 2014 Retouche - 92pts

Le Vieux Pin 2014 Retouche (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability: Not Yet released. Winery website here
Cost: $59.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 13.7%
Production: 117 cases
Date Tasted: May 18th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Le Vieux Pin's Retouche is an ode to the long-abandoned practice of spiking Bordeaux wines with Syrah from the Rhone Valley when the native fruit was lacking in depth and intensity. 
The 2014 blend is a departure from recent vintages with a final assemblage of 43% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 15% Syrah creating a round, feminine wine with both red and blue fruit, light herbs and spice, menthol and subtle, toasted oak aromas and flavours.

Appropriate for mid-term cellaring, though, this beautiful, full-bodied wine is very approachable in its youth, with good complexity and length. Drink 2017-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2015 Oldfield Reserve Chardonnay - 89pts

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2015 Oldfield Reserve Chardonnay (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Upon release, direct from winery here
Cost: $TBD
Alcohol: 13.5%

Date Tasted: May 18th, 2017

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Tasting Notes: A 'big' Chardonnay, bursting with ripe, melon and tropical fruits, buttery-brioche, French vanilla cream and persistent citrus aromas and flavours. Barrel fermented and aged in oak for 18 months prior to bottling, this wine is plump on the entry with dominant oak and malolactic characters, yet, finishes smooth, almost lean, thanks to the fine, lemon-drop acidity and light, mineral notes. Spice and a hint of caramelized apple linger through to the next sip.
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca