For a first effort, this sure hits all the right notes out of the gate. The wine shows a fine and sustained bead of bubbles in the glass and offers aromas of lemon, creamy pear, toast and brioche. It’s electric on the palate, driven by firm acidity and citrus zest that offers complexity, verve, freshness and flinty minerality.
Elegant and layered with complex notes of earth, balsamic, black fruits, and pepper; soft and silky tannins, but has aged remarkably well and will be drinking well for a few years yet. A great example of a relatively inexpensive Chilean wine that has the ability to age well. Merlot/Carménère/Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah.
Sourced from 45-year-old Marechal Foch vines, this Okanagan heritage varietal delivers character and complexity. Lifted floral, baking spice and black fruit aromas lead to mouth-filling black plum and mocha flavours. The plush tannins and warm, chocolaty finish makes it a pleasing post-dinner sipper.
This watermelon-coloured blend of 2/3 Pinot Meunier and 1/3 Pinot Noir delivers complexity with its refreshing minerality and light, dry tannins. Red berry and cinnamon aromas give way to bursting cherry, cranberry and raspberry flavours en route to a spicy finish. Poised for a holiday season brunch.
As the name suggests, the grapes for this red blend from California are farmed organically and biodynamically. The nose shows juicy plum, cherry, raspberry and currant fruits in a forward style. It’s smooth and rich in fruits on the palate to go with soft tannins.
A highly aromatic blend of Zinfandel and Shiraz that shows mulled plums, blackberry, roasted coffee bean and a range of spices on the nose. It has firm tannic structure, dark fruits, mocha, arabica coffee, tar and spice. This is a dark and flavourful wine that can cellar for 5 years or more.
Clear medium-deep ruby. Attractive, medium-intensity nose of plums, liquorice and violets, and some stemmy notes from the Cab Franc. A simple, tasty wine, full-bodied and packed with fruit, especially cherries. Tannins still rough; can take a few more years.