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Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2015 Pinot Gris - 90pts

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2015 Pinot Gris (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and private wine shops
Cost: $20.90
Alcohol: 13%
Date Tasted: December 8th, 2016

Tasting Notes: An excellent, partially oaked Pinot Gris, both refreshing and rich with a nice balance between its crisp, orchard fruit characters and acidity and its creamy texture endowed with
savoury notes of herbs, spice, brioche and vanilla bean. Deleightfully complex, especially for the price. Drink now-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2014 Red Icon - 92-94pts

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2014 Red Icon (Skaha Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Direct from winery here 
Cost: $47.79 + taxes
Alcohol: 14.3%

Production: 1153 cases
Date Tasted: December 8th, 2016

@PaintedRockWine

Tasting Notes: Though tasting a little tight and wound-up today, the youthful 2014 Red Icon shows fantastic promise with excellent concentration and depth on the intense, masculine nose and the refined, long-lasting palate. This year's blend is comprised of 
33% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec, 16% Petit Verdot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, each contributing their own unique aromas and flavours to the collective.

Look for black fruits, caramel, dried herbs'n'spice, graphite, tobacco, tar, vanilla-mocha and oak characters throughout with fine, grippy tannins and smooth acidity.  

With further ageing, expect the nose to bloom and evolve towards the more feminine and warm end of the spectrum with red fruit and pencils shaving notes to come.

When one invests in a wine like this, it is best to wait for its peak window prior to opening; around year 7 or 8. However, if you can't wait quite that long, do give it at least two years in the bottle for further integration and development, it will be well worth the effort. Drink 2019-2024+.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca

Cassini Cellars 2013 Nobilus - 91pts

Cassini Cellars 2013 Nobilus (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $40
Alcohol: 13.7%
Production: 187 cases
Date Tasted: December 6th, 2016

Tasting Notes: The Nobilus is a 100% Merlot release that proves the much maligned grape and often overshadowed 
blending partner to the Cabernets, can stand on its own. The 2013 edition impresses with its complexity, refinement and balance. Aromas of cassis, blackberry, menthol, vanilla, spiced cocoa liqueur and toasted oak are followed by similar flavours on the brooding, dry and full-bodied palate with grippy tannins and mouth-watering acidity adding structure and texture.

Finishes long with lingering iodine, blackberry puree and spice notes making it an excellent pairing for medium-rare steaks or other red meat dishes. Ready to go now, yet, should age nicely over the next few years. Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2014 Syrah - 89pts

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2014 Syrah (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery and private wine shops
Cost: $30 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: December 3rd, 2016

@BurrowingOwlBC

Tasting Notes: A licorice, black cherry and black pepper driven Syrah from the Black Sage Bench with added notes of charcoal and blackberry - 'all things black' being the key descriptor throughout. Full-bodied and ripe, with RS veering towards off-dry. Wild berry acidity and peppery tannins keeps the sweetness at bay, mostly. Sage, spice and blackberry liqueur linger on the moderate finish. 
Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca

Stag's Hollow Winery 2013 Heritage Block - 88+pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2013 Heritage Block (Okanagan Valley) BC

Availability
: Direct from the winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $24.99 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 14.2%
Date Tasted: December 1st, 2016

Tasting Notes: Consistent with the sweet'n'smoky bouquet of recent vintages, the 2013 showcases a candied, pipe tobacco nose with cherry, chocolate, spice, licorice and vanilla notes. A cool-berry and spicy-cocoa palate follows with dusty tannins and wild berry acidity. A touch of menthol, iron and dried herbs linger on the moderate palate. Sealed with a screw cap enclosure to ensure freshness and to help preserve the fruit-forward profile. 
Enjoy this wine now with a fine cut of bloody, lean beef like rare tenderloin, Or, put away a bottle or two for some development. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca