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Monday, February 24, 2020

Winemaker’s CUT Grüner Veltliner 2018, VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦




🍇 Grüner Veltliner

🧐 Alcohol 12%

🍁 My Score 91 Points

🧩 Made with minimal intervention, wild/spontaneous stainless steel ferment. “All wines are raised by classical music in the cellar, Estate wines by classical music in the vineyard as well.” Small production of 80 cases.

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Beautiful, elegant nose with aromas of pears, apples, citrus fruits, almonds and white pepper. On the mouthfeel, medium bodied, elegant texture, well balanced with refreshing acidity. The finish is medium length with plenty of ripe lemon fruit, peaches and white pepper.

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Austria’s most popular varietal, Grüner is hard to find, with only three wineries growing this varietal here in British Columbia. I tasted the wines from Winemaker’s CUT three times last year. What an awesome discovery, I love the winemaking style from Slovakian winemaker Michal Mosny, who is bringing a beautiful European sensibility to the Okanagan. Not only this delicious Grüner, I love his Syrah (2 from the 2017 in my cellar) and his Bohemian Cuvée 2018, which I have not been able to find yet. Small production winery where the quality of their wines makes the search well worth it. Cheers my wine friends.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella 2013, Veneto, Italy 🇮🇹




🍇 Corvina 50%
🍇 Rondinella 30%
🍇 Corvinone 15%
🍇 Oseleta 5%

🧐 Alcohol 15%

🍁 My Score 93 Points

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What a sensuous nose on this Amarone with aromas of cherries, plums, dried figs, raisins, leather, chocolate and toasty notes. On the mouthfeel, full bodied, rich fruit concentration, luscious texture, smooth tannins and fresh acidity. The finish is long, incredibly flavourful with flavours of ripe cherries, chocolate and raisiny flavours lingering.

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I love Amarone, I don’t know why I don’t drink them more often, they are such a treat. Purchased in March 2017 and tasted sometime in 2018 at a trade tasting. I thought it needed additional time in bottle and my patience provided a show stomping, gorgeous fruity Amarone, so bold and yet so soft and elegant. There are many reasons why this is one of the most popular Amarone in Canada. This is such a perfect match when paired with pizza, there is so much going on in both the pizza and wine. Stunning wine my wine friends. Cheers 🍷

Friday, February 21, 2020

Château Le Puy Émilien 2010, Côtes de Francs, Bordeaux, France 🇫🇷




🍇 Merlot 85%
🍇 Cabernet Sauvignon 14%
🍇 Carménère 1%

🧐 Alcohol 13%

🍁 My Score 89 Points

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Intoxicating nose with aromas of black cherries, black currants, mushrooms, leather, undergrowth and smoky notes. On the mouthfeel, full bodied with lots of berry flavours, grainy tannins and fresh acidity. The finish is long with flavours of black fruit and oak flavours all wrapped up with tannins.

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This wine definitely needed a two hour decant, but first it was poured into the decanter using a funnel and a strainer to capture an incredible amount of sediment.  This a a tasty, flavourful, slightly rustic Merlot blend which in the end is quite charming. The back label suggests serving between 16° to 18° C. I strongly recommend the 16°C. Cheers my wine friends 🍷





Saturday, February 15, 2020

Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 2012, Rioja, Spain 🇪🇸




🍇 Tempranillo 78%
🍇 Graciano & Mazuelo  22%

🧐 Alcohol 14.5%

🍁 My Score 91 Points

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Sensuous bouquet with aromas of cherries, plums, dried figs, Asian spices, leather, vanilla and toasty notes. On the mouthfeel medium-full bodied, beautiful texture, flavourful with fine grainy tannins and refreshing acidity. The finish is long, smooth with plenty of exotic flavours.

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Another Spanish beauty! What I truly appreciate, is how well integrated the oak is at this stage and how delicious and elegant the mouthfeel is. I have enjoyed a few Gran Reserva lately and this is definitely the smoothest and most exotic. Strongly recommended my wine friends. Cheers 🍷

Friday, February 14, 2020

Emiliana ‘Coyam’ 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile 🇨🇱




🍇 Syrah 45%
🍇 Carménère 35%
🍇 Cabernet Sauvignon 8%
🍇 Mourvèdre 5%
🍇 Malbec 4%
🍇 Petit Verdot 3%

🧐 Alcohol 14.5%

🍁 My Score 92 Points

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Beautiful nose with aromas of plums, black fruit, violets, wet earth, forest floor and exotic spices. On the mouthfeel, medium-full bodied, earthy palate, silky smooth tannins and refreshing acidity. The finish is medium length, smooth texture with flavours of dried mushroom, vanilla, chocolate and peppery notes.

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Not my first experience with this delicious and well made wine from Emiliana Organic Vineyards. This time I decided to give it a few more months in bottle (purchased in March of 2018). The added cellar time has made this wine very smooth, where all elements are well integrated and where there is more savoury flavours than fruit flavours at this stage of it’s life. The fruit is all organic and definitely one of the best value red blends. Cheers my wine friends.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Kalala Apire 2014, VQA British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦




🍇 Merlot
🍇 Cabernet Sauvignon
🍇 Syrah

🧐 Alcohol 14.4%

🍁 My Score 89 Points

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Very expressive nose with aromas of ripe black cherries, blackberries, tobacco and peppery notes. On the mouthfeel, full bodied, luscious mid palate, smooth tannins and refreshing acidity. The finish is long, flavourful with a smoky crushed wild berries explosion.

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I enjoy when Syrah is added to Bordeleau varietals, it definitely adds flavour and complexity, at $28 🇨🇦 dollars it represents fantastic value, strongly recommended. Now if can only put my hands on one of their Zweigelt 😉 Cheers my wine friends 🍷

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2015, Tuscany, Italy 🇮🇹




🍇 Sangiovese 80%
🍇 Merlot 15%
🍇 Cabernet Sauvignon 5%

🧐 Alcohol 14%

🍁 My Score 92 Points

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Lovely nose on this Chianti with aromas of  wild berries, tart cherries, dried currants, violets, leather and light cedar notes. On the mouthfeel, medium-full bodied, flavourful with an elegant structure, silky tannins and refreshing acidity. The finish is medium length, very smooth with flavours of cherries, vanilla, mocha and settled oak flavours.

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Traditional meets modern style of Chianti Classico, which should appeal to a wide audience. From a superb vintage, this flavourful and easy drinking wine can be enjoyed with or without food. It’s literally love at first sip. Cheers my wine friends 🍷