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The Best of 2014

Selections for 2014.

Muse WInery

2013 Ortega perfection in a bottle so flavourable so good a great wine 95

Bacchus 2012 oh yes amazing flavourable a great summer wine 94

CC Jentsch

2013 The Chase Cabernet Franc 32.5%, Cabernet Sauvignon 32.5%, Merlot 30%, Petite Verdot 3%, Malbec 2% most enjoyable wine soft and smooth good finish 90

Backyard Vineyards

2013 Pinot Gris: A most refreshing wine A clean lingering taste. aromas of pear, melon, lime and a hint of apple and Cantaloupe 89

2013 Rosé Winemakers have to convince me in BC that they can make a good Rosé . James Cambridge did just that. A light refreshing flavourable wine. Barbara also gave this wine high praise. 86

2012 Riesling A very bright very flavourable wine. The aroma is a unique flowers come to mind
The wine tasting present a citrus display another white wine Barbara really enjoyed 92.

2011 Merlot Barbara Bell is our resident expert on Merlot and she really like this wine. Its a typical merlot style with a slight pepper twist. Barbara says "awesome" 94

2011 Syrah Excellent well balanced some hints of spice and dark berries Nice acidity.90

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Nice light for summer patios. dry and elegant, fruity and hearty, but light enough for everyday summertime sipping. The way a Cab sauv should be.. 94

2013 Gewürztraminer Its the way a Gewürztraminer should be made.. the aroma provides notes of lychee, rose petals and sage, the palate offers a wide assortment of exotic fruit with honeydew, kumquat, lychee, figs and fresh lemon without over powering the wine. Barbara said its a perfect ten I was not so kind. 96

Bonamici Cellars

Sauvignon Blanc Viognier 2012 a very nice wine beginning with aromas of herbs, grass, spice and citrus.
The taste buds are awkened with flavours of citrus and apricot with a lingering dry finish of spice and herbs. 90

 

Phasion Estates Winery

2011 Haute Couture a truley great wine nice armous (fresh raisins) good body full of flavour, black cherry and berries 70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon Blend slight spice on the finish 95

Tres Chic a stylish desirable chardonnay with delicate flavours of fresh fruits pineapple, papaya. The wine says more please with a unique finish providing hints of ginger 93

Averill Creek Vineyards

2010 Pinot Gris a smooth delightful wine barrel fermented and aged, sur lie, 12 months in French oak. fragences of foral and pear hints of pineapple 88

Cowichan Tawny 2008 Solera a luxurious sweet wine. This wood-matured Tawny was mellowed in seasoned oak casks in small batches and blended for over five years. 92

Chaberton Estates Winery

2010 Valley Cab A blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this south Okanagan Valley wine has bold aromas of cherries, green pepper and sweet spices. 90

2008 AC 100 The AC series are all based on a Merlot platform with each label indicating what the percentage of Merlot is in the blend. Ac is the initials of co owner Anthony Cheng. This is an excellent wine with strong potential. 92

2012 Reserve Gewürztraminer Oh Yes! nice aromas of tropical fruit finishing with a kiwi and lime zest
A fine summer patio wine 90

2013 Reserve Bacchus a nice off dry wine has flavours of peach, orange blossom and soft lemon notes with a long, smooth finish. Perfect for our hot summer SO good! 94

2011 Siegerrebe Dessert Wine This one is a perfect just the right sweetness lovely tropical fruit flavours 94

Baillie-Grohman - Kootenay district of British Columbia

2012 Pinot Gris. starts with a beautiful colour and continues to impress right through to the enjoyable long ( Longing for more) finish. Fresh pineapple, apple with floral hints fine notes of honey suckle. 90

Black Sage Vineyards

2008 Pipe one of BC's best fortified wines 94

Blackwood Lane - Fraser Valley

~ 2013 Riesling. They finally did it a white equal to their reds. This one is sweat but oh so good nice pear flavours wonderful lasting finish. 92

~ 2009 Merlot 92 wow once again Blackwood Lane comes through The body is perfect Barbara's top Merlot 93

~ 2008 Alliànce A unique blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Malbec, An intense Bordeaux Blend display a multitude of wild berry flavours and dark cherry and touches of spice The wine is comparable to the memorable flavours of the Reference for its quality. 94.5

~ 2010 The Rebel oh so good 92

~ 2007 The Reference oh YES !! 95

~ 2008 The Reference absolutely amazing 96

~ 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Canadian Port - smooth nice flavours most enjoyable 88

~ 2008 Merlot Canadian Port. Love this one strong aromas of dried cherries, raisins, and vanilla. Excellent flavours a wow finish 90

~ A sparkling Riesling... a good first attempt shows that Carlos Lee has talent.

~ 2012 Chardonnay .. oh my! a white from Blackwood Lane to equal their Reds. I really like this one its suits my taste buds perfectly 95

Burrowing Owl Estate

2012 Chardonnay ah! one of BC's better Chardonnays smooth buttery notes. Refreshing 92

Cedar Creek Estate Winery - Kelowna BC

2012 Riesling VQA I liked it! good granny apple flavour 92

Culmina Family Estate

~ Made from a small block of 20-year old Chardonnay vines on the Triggs' family estate, Dilemma represents Culmina's decision to keep their 2011 Chardonnay. A luscious body, and a long, fresh finish to create a wine of outstanding finesse, beauty, elegance, and style.94

Corcelettes Estate Winery ~ Similkameen Valley BC

2011 Menhir A nice Syrah blend. Syrah Cabernet 55% Sauvignon 45%
The wine starts with nice aromas of black cherry, vanilla and white pepper, with a crisp and perfect spicy tones. 91

TriVium 2012
This is 45% Chasselas, 30% Gewürztraminer and 25% Pinot Gris.
A most intriguing mirage of flavour which burst over the taste buds sensations of apple, peach and citrus flavours 93. Enjoyed this wine

Enrico

Cabernet Foch 2012 a very nice full body wine. Blackberries bound.. 90

2012 Newton Reserve a very nice blend of Merlot and Cabernet Barbara eally liked this wine 92

Fort Berens - Lillooet BC

~ 2011 Mertiage 90 nice wild berry flavours from their home grown wine good finish 92
~ Cabernet Franc great body taste of Blackberries and spices.. 88

Gehringer Brothers

~ 2009 Icewine Minus 9 Ehrenfelser now that's Icewine! 95
~ 2010 Classic Dry Riesling excellent flavours peach and honey 94

Gray Monk - Lake Country Okanagan

Gewürztraminer 2012 a nice refreshing perky wine with notes of lichee, melon, tropical fruit.
Most have more 93

Hillside Estate

2013 Rosé best Rosé I have tasted this year Nice flavours red cherry, raspberry light and refreshing 90

Henry of Pelham

Sibling Rivalry 11 RED a blend of merlot, cabernet franc, and cabernet Sauvignon. Lush berry flavours 88

 

Kalala ~ West Kelowna

Harmony White 2012  Medium bodied blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Auxerrois.
A refreshing wine with some good flavours Grapefruit been the main one 87

Zweigelt 2009 An interesting wine dark fruit flavours 86

Late Harvest 2011 Viognier so good perfect sweetness good flavours 92

Lariana

2012 Viognier one of the best (Viogniers) I've tasted 94

Mission Hills ~ West Kelowna

~ Five Vineyards Cabernet Merlot a nice bold blend with a touch of Petit Verdot strong cherry flavour..88

~ Five Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir a nice wine some complexcity Aromas of strawberries and anise with earthy tones mild body. 89

Mt Lehman Winery - Fraser Valley

2010 Syrah. I enjoyed the light refreshing flavours of this wine nice fruit flavours 92

2011 Merlot Reserve from the south Okanagan NK'Mip vineyards a typical BC red. Nice red and black fruit flavours 87

2009 Old Settler- yummy- blend of Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, Cab Foche, Cab Franc, and Merlot.  The wine has a deep, rich, plum colour with nuances of vanillins,and black fruits. An outstanding blend 90

2012 Symmester a very nice blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Ehrenfelser, Riesling and Oraniensteiner. Starts with a nice aromatic inviting sensations followed by a clean refreshing tastes highlighted my peach. Nice finish 92

2012 Harmony. A very nice Viognier blend crafted in an Old World Style. Nice mineral flavours with a delicate apricot nuances, along with hints of spice a fuller bodied wine. Most enjoyable 90.

2012 Sauvignon Blanc a nice summer wine highlights of Melon and Peach, pear with a long and stratifying finish 86

2011 Viognier - Outstanding award winning wine. Almost perfection is a bottle 94

 

Mooberry Winery - Vancouver Island

Apple Wine a drier than normal fruit wine with great flavours. Hints of actual white grapes combined with fresh crisp apple flavours 92

Noble Ridge

2009 Reserve Mertiage. So Good! a very nice sweet note 94

 

Road 13

Honest John's White a blend of 9 wines Full of intense and complex flavour very smooth and refreshing 91

Summerhill Pyramid Winery

2013 Ehrenfelser from the very first taste I knew the wine was special. A nice blend of fruits smooth refreshing perfect patio wine. Peach and Honeysuckle notes Very enjoyable 94

2013 Organic Gewürztraminer a very nice wine good fruity aromas juicy peach and ripe lychee fruit. Clean smooth a comfort wine for smooth sipping 92

2013 Organic Rieslings. This one displays all the qualities you wish in an outstanding Riesling 95

St Hubertus

Fire Man's Red 2011 Gamay Noir full of fruit and fresh, floral esters 89

Township 7

The Reserve 7 Meritage 2011 - With out a doubt its the best wine in the Cellar one Bradley Cooper can be proud of
crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a "field blend" of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Very rich good aromas nice flavours. A wine that says drink me.
95

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Blue Terrace Vineyard, on the famed Black Sage Road mellow with flavours of cherries and other fruits.. 88

2011 Sauvignon Blanc good aroma of apples, grandma's apple pie. Hints of pear and lime good summer wine 86

The Rief

~ 2012 Riesling very nice aromas of peach and pear and apple and lemon citrus goof from beginning to finish 88

~ Chenin Blanc V.Q.A. Niagara River Vintage - 2011- light refreshing unique 90

Sage Hills

~ 2012 Sage Hills Gewürztraminer  91 intense pear with a sliver of sweetness good finish
~ 2012 Sage Hills Pinot Gris  87 most enjoyable
~ 2012 Sage Hills Syrah Rosé 90 it beat expectations favorable and smooth

Tinhorn Creek

~ 2008 Oldfield Series 2 Bench Red - exceptional the way a red should taste 94
~ 2011 Merlot good body nice balance most enjoyable 88
~ 2013 Gewürztraminer aromas of rose petals, lychee, pink grapefruit, and spice nice touch of sweetness 89

 

Seven Stones

~ Speaking Rock 2008 Pinot Rose nice aromas of grapefruit and strawberry good balance. 86


See Ya Later Ranch

~ 2012 Gewürztraminer. a rather nice wine a spicy aroma of lychee fruit and rose petal, blossom and
hints of pink grapefruit. 89

Unsworth Vineyards

2011 Symphony a medium ruby red wine flavours of plum, ripe cherries and subtle spice. Symphony, a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet-Libre 89

2012 Pinot Gris a very nice summer wine with good fruit flavours Nice pear aromas.89

 

Vista D'oro

Gewürztraminer 2012 A very good wine 100% grapes from Vancouver Island. Smooth with apple flavours. After noon delight 91

Murphy's Law White Part II a blend of 2009 and 2010 grapes The Name is printed upside down on the label. A patio wine 86

2012 Pinot Noir made from Cowichan Valley grapes Very nice Burgundy style wine 88

Franc n Foch 2012 A very nice wine good body nice aroma good flavour 94

NV Cryprianna simply wow bursting with a multitude of flavours. 94

2007 Doro Fortified Wine SO Good 96 The flagship of Vista D'oro, this fortified walnut wine is a blend of North Okanagan Marechal Foch, Central Okanagan Merlot & Cabernet Franc, Fraser Valley Green Walnuts and Okanagan Brandy 95

 

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Best of 2014

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