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Friday, October 18, 2019

La Frenz Merlot 2015 Rattlesnake Vineyard, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦




🍇 Merlot

🧐 Alcohol 15.1%

🍁 My Score 90 Points

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Intense nose with aromas of cherries, plums, black currants, coffee grounds, chocolate, vanilla beans and smoky, toasty notes. On the mouthfeel, full bodied, fantastic mid palate, richness and weight, silky tannins and balance acidity. The finish is long, savoury, sweeter and slightly tart flavourful with a rich combination of fruit.

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From a very hot vintage, this wine is definitely a bigger, bolder Merlot made in a crowd pleasing style . There’s lots going on here, rich flavours that coats your mouth, but yet still balanced, where the alcohol is not even noticeable. Gorgeous effort given the vintage. Cheers my wine friends 🍷

Friday, October 11, 2019

Quinta Do Vale Meão Meandro 2014, Douro Valley, Portugal 🇵🇹




🍇 Touriga Nacional 40%
🍇 Touriga Franca 30%
🍇 Tinta Roriz 20%
🍇 Tinta Barroca 5%
🍇 Tinto Cão 3%
🍇 Sousão 2%

🧐 Alcool 14%

🍁 My Score 91 Points

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Attractive and inviting nose with aromas of ripe berry fruit, plums, black cherries, dried violets, chocolate, leather and tobacco notes. On the mouthfeel, medium-full bodied, flavourful with a velvet texture, smooth tannins and refreshing acidity. The finish is long with flavours of blueberries, plums, vanilla and chocolate.

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This was not my first experience with this wine but it always felt that I was opening them to early. This bottle was purchased on January of 2018 and the added months in bottle has given this wine incredible aromatics texture and great flavours. I have been enjoying wine for thirty years, so I really enjoy wines like this one, which is so different, that it stands out from most wines on today’s wine shelves. Look at all those interesting varietals! Strongly recommended Cheers my wine friends 🍷

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorées Moulin-à-Vent 2016, Beaujolais, France 🇫🇷




🍇 Gamay 100%

🧐 Alcohol 12.5%

🍁 My Score 90 Points

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Inviting and fruity nose with aromas of crushed wild strawberries, plums, blackberries, spices and slightly earthy notes. On the mouthfeel, medium bodied, dry, broad texture with silky tannins and refreshing acidity. The finish is medium length with darker fruit flavours, spices and smoky flavours lingering.

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Here is another wine which after I removed the foil, I find lots of dirt and bacteria on top of the cork and around the bottle.  After washing all of this with a warm cloth, I pull the cork which felt soft and almost wet. As I was pulling out the cork I did not have a good feeling, but to my surprise, there it was an explosion of strawberry, like I was in a middle of a field picking strawberries. A delightful Beaujolais in a style I really enjoy, juicy flavours, light tannins and great acidity. Enjoyed over two evenings, the second evening it wasn’t as fruity but it was just as delicious. It should keep improving with a few additional years in bottle. Cheers my wine friends 🍷


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Domaine Guisset Côtes du Roussillon 2016, Languedoc-Roussilon, France 🇫🇷





🍇 Syrah 66%
🍇 Carignan 20%
🍇 Grenache 14%

🧐 Alcohol 14.5%

🍁 My Score 91%

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Great nose with aromas of ripe berry fruit, plums, red currants, spices and light floral notes.  On the mouthfeel, medium-full bodied, dry, beautiful texture, flavourful with silky tannins and fresh acidity.  This finish is medium length, smooth with flavours of spices, stony minerality and soft seductive fruit.

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First experience with this producer and it won’t be the last.  Lovely blend, really enjoyable wine, flavourful with fine texture and harmony.  The quality price ratio is well in your favour. Enjoyed over two evenings and just as delightful on the second night.  Strongly recommended my wine friends.  Cheers 🍷

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Poplar Grove CSM 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦




🍇 Cabernet Franc 37%
🍇 Cabernet Sauvignon 27%
🍇 Syrah 16%
🍇 Malbec 11%
🍇 Merlot 9%

🧐 Alcohol 13.4%

🍁 My Score 90 Points

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Savoury bouquet with aromas of blueberries, plums, field berries, exotic wood spices, soft leather and vanilla notes. On the mouthfeel, medium bodied, structure is entirely elegant, well integrated tannins and fresh acidity. The finish is medium length with soft berry fruit and savoury herbs like thyme and sage lingering.

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I have been enjoying wines from Poplar Grove for more than a decade but this is my first experience with this blend. I enjoy wines when Syrah is added to Bordeaux varietals. There are some delicious examples of those wines here in British Columbia. As I have mentioned on a few occasions lately, I love the 2014 vintage from B.C. This wine is almost impossible to resist from it’s beautiful, sensuous and savoury aromatics, where all it’s elements are well integrated. More savoury notes than fruit at this stage makes it for a lovely sipping aperitif style wine and a cheese and charcuterie platter. Cheers my wine friends 🍷


Unfortunately, this wine is only available to Club members and at the winery tasting room.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Intersection Unfiltered Silica Merlot 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦




🍇 Merlot 100%

🧐 Alcohol 14.8%

🍁 My Score 91 Points

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Most interesting nose with aromas of plums, black cherries, violets, crushed stone and toasty vanilla oak. On the mouthfeel, full bodied, dry, intense with a mineral character, silky tannins and balance acidity. The finish is long with slightly unripe blackberries, dark chocolate with a stony mineral texture lingering.

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I was really surprised and very intrigued when I first tasted this wine at a trade tasting last spring. It’s unlike any Merlot I have ever tasted from B.C. A stunning, bold Merlot full of character and with a mineral character throughout. One of the interesting elements is that the finish is dryer than the aromatics would suggest. I have been enjoying the 2014 wines from British Columbia lately. They are in a very good place right now and drinking beautifully. I stopped by their winery in Oliver last month and pick up their Meritage blend Axiom 2014. Another stunner 👌 Cheers my wine friends 🍷🙂

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Rutini Single Vineyard Guallallary Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Uco Valley, Argentina 🇦🇷




🍇 Malbec 100%

🧐 Alcohol 13.2%

🍁 My Score 92%

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Beautiful nose with aromas of blackberries, blueberries, plums, mocha, savoury herbs and lightly toasted notes. On the mouthfeel, medium bodied, elegant texture, silky tannins and refreshing acidity. The finish is medium-long with a fine grained texture and savoury flavours lingering.

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Tasted and purchased at Vancouver Wine Festival last February, it blew me away on how different this Malbec was from the others, I usually drink.  Most Malbec are like Bang!  I am a Malbec.  This one on the other hand was very elegant with a delicate texture, seductive mouthfeel.  Balance is everything with this Malbec.  A beautiful wine with lots of appeal. Strongly recommended Cheers my wine friends 🍷