Upper Bench Estate Winery 2016 Riesling - 89pts

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2016 Riesling (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $23
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 672 cases
Date Tasted: March 25th, 2017

Tasting Notes
Though off-dry, with 8.9g/l of residual sugar, this lovely Riesling presents (nearly) completely dry thanks to well-proportioned green apple acidity keeping the long finish balanced and very refreshing. Look for exotic fruits and creamy citrus aromas on the nose and vibrant apple, melon, lemon/lime and stonefruit flavours on the palate. Ready to go now. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Viñedos Emiliana 2013 Coyam - 91pts

Viñedos Emiliana 2013 Coyam (Colchagua Valley) Chile

Availability
: BC Liquor Stores
Cost: $27.99 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 20,000 cases
Date Tasted: March 25th, 2017

Tasting Notes: Emiliana's Coyam, a Mapuchen word meaning forest of oak, is a complex and earthy blend of 48% Syrah, 24% Carmenere, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Mourvedre, 3% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot sourced from an organically farmed, single-vineyard in the Colchagua Valley of Central Chile. Red fruits, both sweet and tangy, and spicy-licorice characters dominate the expansive nose and the intense, oak-kissed palate. Smooth tannins and clean acidity precede a long, slightly "hot" finish.  Drink now-2020.
  - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Masi Tupungato 2014 Passo Doble - 87pts

Masi Tupungato 2014 Passo Doble (Valle De Uco) Mendoza - Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $11.49-14.49 + taxes
Alcohol: 14%

Date Tasted: March 23rd, 2017

Tasting Notes: If you ever randomly daydreamed what a fruity, Argentinian Malbec crossed with a nutty, Venetian Corvina would taste like, 
Masi's Passo Doble would be the physical embodiment of your imagination. 

A blend of Malbec and semi-dried Corvina Verenese grapes, the wine is generous and inviting on the nose with aromas of dark fruit, spices and almond skins. Juicy on the entry with black plum and huckleberry fruit flavours, finishing dry, teetering towards astringent, with lingering spice and prickly tannins. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Michel Torino 2016 Cuma Organic Torrontés - 86pts

Michel Torino 2016 Cuma Organic Torrontés (Cafayate Valley) Salta - Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $12.49 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: March 21st, 2017

Tasting Notes: A delightful 
Torrontés with a clean, aromatic nose and a crisp, dry palate. This organic wine offers fantastic value with decent complexity and good balance throughout. Pair the medley of lemon, apple and tropical fruit flavours with spicy Thai or vibrant, seafood dishes. Ready to go now. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Michel Torino 2016 Cuma Organic Malbec - 84pts

Michel Torino 2016 Cuma Organic Malbec (Cafayate Valley) Salta - Argentina

Availability
: BCLDB Stores
Cost: $11.49-12.49 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: March 22nd, 2017

Tasting Notes: Ripe and fruity on the nose, to be sure, but the blueberry and POM juice aromas also tend to veer towards Overdone Street during the initial quaff. The dry palate finishes watery after the plum and cherry-cola flavours fades mid-palate, though, a nice touch of spice and light, dusty tannins linger.
 Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca