Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Malbec - 90pts

Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Malbec (Similkameen Valley) BC

Availability: Wine club only. Direct from the winery here
Cost: $25.90 including taxes
Alcohol: 14.7%

Date Tasted: February 13th, 2017
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Tasting Notes: Bench 1775 produces two Malbecs, one sourced from the Okanagan Valley and this one, sourced from the Similkameen which offers a rich and succulent expression of the French variety. Robust, ripe dark berry fruit and supportive savoury-spicy notes grace the engaging nose while similar flavours and a kick of brambly berry acidity grace the full-bodied, silky palate. Finish has length and good balance with a touch of residual alcohol beneath the lingering spice. Ready to go now. 
Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

SpierHead Winery 2015 Pinot Noir Cuvée - 91pts

SpierHead Winery 2015 Pinot Noir Cuvée (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $38
Alcohol: 14%

Production: 327 cases
Date Tasted: February 8th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A delightful Pinot Noir, one of the Province's best, produced from the select few barrels SpierHead's winemaking team deem 'the best' each vintage. Rich and engaging on the 
vanilla-kissed, cherry-raspberry-earth scented nose and on the similarly flavoured, medium-plus bodied palate. Well-structured with smooth, slightly-earthy tannins and fine, berry acidity and finishes long with a touch of spice and lingering Black Forest cake notes, a signature of the label. Ready to go now, though, will hold for several years. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

SpierHead Winery 2015 GFV Saddle Block Pinot Noir - 89pts

SpierHead Winery 2015 GFV Saddle Block Pinot Noir (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $30
Alcohol: 13.4%
Date Tasted: February 6th, 2017

Tasting Notes: A lovely, feminine Pinot with good length and texture. Expressive, on the memorable nose, with classic, red fruit and cedar aromas accompanied by a hint of vanilla-cola and a blanket of soft spice notes. The dry, medium-bodied palate offers a nice balance of red fruit and savoury flavours that mingle effortlessly through to the long, spice-enhanced finish.
 Drink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2015 Gamay Noir - 88pts

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars 2014 Gamay Noir (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $22.90
Alcohol: 13.5%
Date Tasted: February 3rd, 2017

Tasting Notes: A layered Gamay with good intensity on the brambly-berry and cinnamon-spice scented nose and on the mouth-watering and fleshy-textured, dark-fruit infused palate. Very s
ubtle oak influence is enjoyed throughout, supporting the fruit and spice characters. Tannins are light and rounded. Finish is moderate-plus, with a touch of spice and earthy notes lingering. Drink 2017-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca

SpierHead Winery 2015 Pinot Noir - 89pts

SpierHead Winery 2015 Pinot Noir (East Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $25
Alcohol: 13.3%
Date Tasted: January 31st, 2017

Tasting Notes: A generous Pinot Noir, on the fruity and fresh nose and the medium-bodied, ripe'n'bright, berry-infused palate. Very consistent, year-to-year, with notes of raspberries, c
herry nibs, vanilla-spice, light oak and a hint of earthy stoneware. The moderately intense finish begins with rounded, chocolate-covered cherries characters, resolving into raspberry seed and cola bean flavours and a touch of lingering spice. Drink now-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca