Frontera – Carmenere

Origin: Chilefrontera carmenere 2013


Year: 
2013
Alcoholic %: 12.5
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Price: <$10 

Appearance: Black cherry
Nose: bold and fruity
Palette: Smooth, smokey with a hint of spice.
Would Drink Again: Sure, I’d take it to a dinner party.

3 out of 5.

Look for Frontera Carmenere at your local specialty store.

Therapy – Freud’s Ego (2010)

Origin: Naramata Bench, British ColumbiaTherapy_Freuds-EgoSIZED

Year: 2010
Alcoholic %: 13
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Price: $10-$20  

Appearance: Rasberry jam.
Nose: Juicy and plumy. Blackcurrant comes through, as does a slight spice.
Palette: This secret proprietor’s blend is delicious on the palette. Velvety and full-bodied, a great combination
Would Drink Again: Definitely, every day if I could.

5 out of 5.

 

Bench 1775 – Gewurtztraminer (2012)

Origin: Naramata Bench, British Columbia

2012_Gewurtz (for website)Year: 2012
Alcoholic %: 12.7
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Price: $10-$20  

Appearance: Cloudy.
Nose: Floral and tropical notes.
Palette: Less sweet and more floral than most Gewurztraminer’s. The wine profile notes hints of nutmeg, and you can definitely taste this subtle flavour. It’s a party in your mouth.
Would Drink Again: Definitely, every day if I could.

5 out of 5.

 

Eau Vivre – Malbec (2011)

Origin: Cawston (Similkameen Valley) British Columbia

malbecYear: 2011
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Price: $20-$30

Appearance: Dark ruby red.
Nose: It smells full of earthy flavours – the dark cocoa notes come through.
Palette: A delightful synergistic combination of the enchanted forest floor and a smokey finish.
Would Drink Again: Definitely, every day if I could.

5 out of 5.

I chose this wine on Malbec World Day. There are only two malbecs available at the VQA and I went with this one – sure happy I did. It was so good and what a bonus – it’s organic!

Cono Sur – Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere (2012)

Origin: Valle Central, Chilleorganic-cono-sur-cabernet-sauvignon-carmenere


Year: 
2012
Alcoholic %: 14.0
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Price: $10-$20  

Appearance: Cherry red, medium bodied
Nose: subtle, earthy
Palette: Slightly dry, smokey
Would Drink Again: Sure, I’d take it to a dinner party.

3 out of 5.

Cono Sur takes pride in their commitment to the environment. The Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere is a tasty organic wine.

Root: 1 – Cabernet Sauvignon (2012)

Origin: Colchagua Valley, Chille

root 1 cabYear: 2012
Alcoholic %: 13.5
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Price: $10-$20  

Appearance: Cherry red, light-medium bodied
Nose: Lots of fruit flavour, sweet like jello.
Palette: Tannic and earthy, I can practically taste the tree roots.
Would Drink Again: Sure, I’d take it to a dinner party.

3 out of 5.

Red Barn – Barn Owl Red

Origin: Okanagan Valley, BCRed Barn - Barn Owl Red

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.0
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Price: $15-20 Prices may vary at your local specialty wine shops.

Appearance: medium-dark cherry
Nose: Oak and cherries
Palette: Simply delicious. A little dry with spicy cherry flavours.
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would take it to a dinner party.

4 out of 5.

Circus – Malbec (2013)

Origin: Argentinacircus

Year: 2013
Alcoholic %: 13.5
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Price: $10-$20

Appearance: High viscosity, long rails, purple.
Nose: It’s difficult to pick out a dominant fruit flavour – definitely a mosaic of berries.
Palette: At first sip it has a good level of sweetness and body. However it tastes high in tannins and has a bitter aftertaste.
Would Drink Again: Maybe, if it was free.

2 out of 5.

James Mitchell – Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: Lodi, CaliforniaJames Mitchell Cab Sav

Year: 2010
Alcoholic %: 13.8
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Price: varies depending on your local specialty wine shop

Appearance: Deep cherry
Nose: Oak
Palette: Full bodied, cherry light oak flavour with a subtle smooth after taste
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would take this to a dinner party and share.

4 out of 5.

See Ya Later Ranch – Ping (2011)

Origin: Okanagan Falls, BCseeyalaterping

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.0
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Price: $20-$30

Appearance: Dark cherries.
Nose: A nice subtle spice aroma comes through.
Palette: This wine is a blend of Cab Sav, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. It is definitely a mouthful. A full-bodied taste and very enjoyable.
Would Drink Again: Yes. I’d bring it to a dinner party!

4 out of 5.

Sandhill – Syrah (2011)

Origin: Kelowna, BCsandhill_syrah_-_wo_vintage_-_5_inch

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.0
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Price: $20-30

Appearance: Deep purple.
Nose: I could immediately smell the vanilla, cherries and blackberries
Palette: Simply delicious. For a dryer, medium bodied wine, it is packed full of flavour.
Would Drink Again: Definitely. Every day if I could!

4 out of 5.

Saint and Sinner – Shiraz Cabernet

Origin: Oliver, BCSaint and Sinner

Year:
Alcoholic %: 12.5
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Dark, ruby red colouring
Nose: Fermentation
Palette: There was a thickness that reminded me of drinking brandy. It seemed a little bland to me.
Would Drink Again: Never, you couldn’t pay me enough.

1 out of 5.

Sandhill – Pinot Blanc

Origin: Kelowna, BCsandhill_pinot_blanc-no_vintage-screw_cap-5inch

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.0
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Light yellow, straw-like.
Nose: You can smell the pineapple.
Palette: Clean and fresh with a full mouth-feel. Fairly rich and full of flavour.
Would Drink Again: Delicious, I would drink it everyday if I could.

5 out of 5. It’s delicious.

Rodney Strong – Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: Sonoma County, CaliforniaRodney Strong Cab Sav

Year: 2010
Alcoholic %: 13.5%

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Price: $20-40

Appearance: deep black current colouring.
Nose:  Spicy. Rich.
Palette: First taste is spicy and woody. The taste lingers.
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would bring it to a dinner party.

4 out of 5

J. Lohr Wildflower – Monterey Valdiguie

Origin: CaliforniaJ. Lohr Wildflower

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 12.5
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Lovely blackberry colouring.
Nose: Fresh with berries
Palette: Floral
Would Drink Again: Delicious, I would drink it everyday if I could.

5 out of 5. You will most likely need to visit a specialty wine shop to find this amazing wine. It will be worth it!

Smashberry – Red Wine

Origin: Santa Maria, CaliforniaSmashberry

Year: 2012
Alcoholic %: 13.9
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Deep burgundy colouring
Nose: Rich smokey berry scent
Palette: First taste is bold and intense. Smooth rich blackberry aftertaste
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would take this wine to a dinner party.

4 out of 5

Pepperwood Grove – Old Vine Zinfandel

Origin: Napa, CaliforniaPepperwood Grove Zinfandel

Year: 2012
Alcoholic %: 14
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Garnet, deep and clear.
Nose: Fruity with a hint of rich cherries.
Palette: First taste is filled with cherries which lingers on your tongue. It’s a party in your mouth!
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would bring it to a dinner party!

4 out of 5. Great Value. Perfect for a picnic.

Smoking Loon – Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: California,smoking_loon09

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.5
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Clear raspberry colour.
Nose: Subtle blend of plums and cherries.
Palette: First taste is a strong raspberry taste with light after taste.
Would Drink Again: Yes, I would bring it to a dinner party.

4 out of 5

Road 13 – Honest John’s Red

RD 13 Honest Johns redOrigin: Oliver, BC

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13.5
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Bright purple and plum, lots of legs.
Nose: A synergistic combination of sweet cherries and plums.
Palette: Full bodied, very nice on the palette considering there are 7 different wine varieties
Would Drink Again: Definitely, every day if I could!

5 out of 5

Caricature – Cabernet Sauvignon Zinfandel

Origin: California, USA

2010-Caricature-Red

Year: 2010
Alcoholic %: 14.2
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Deep cherry red. Beautiful legs.
Nose: Hint of rich cherries. Rich and robust.
Palette: First taste is fruity and oak. Delicious full bodied wine.
Would Drink Again: Definitely everyday if I could.

5 out of 5

Bouchard Aine & Fils – Pinot Noir

bouchard-aine-fils-heritage-du-conseiller-pinot-noir-vin-de-france-10567577Origin: France

Year: 2011
Alcoholic %: 13
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Price: $10-20

Appearance: Perfectly plum. Thin and clear around the edges.
Nose: Fruity, cherry and a hint of chocolate.
Palette: Very easy to drink, slightly earthy, medium bodied.
Would Drink Again: Yes, I’d bring it to a dinner party.

4 out of 5

The People’s – Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: Marlborough, New ZealandThe_Peoples_SauvBlanc_Web

Year: 2010
Alcoholic %: 13.5
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Price: $$

Appearance: Pale yellow, with a hint of sunshine. Thin and clear.
Nose: Surprisingly buttery, slightly crisp.
Palette: Light and refreshing, lasts long on the palette.
Would Drink Again: Definitely, every day if I could

5 out of 5