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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Monthly Picks: April - World Malbec Day

April's only official statutory holiday is Easter, but there's another fun fiesta worth making on your calendar taking place on the 17th: World Malbec Day.

Yes, it's a creation of the Wines of Argentina marketing machine, but we're willing to put that aside and embrace the manufactured reason to enjoy a bottle of Malbec along with millions of our wine-loving peers world wide.

Many liquor stores and wine shops have also embraced the idea, so look for complimentary Malbec tastings at your local haunt on the day. Sip, quaff and take home a bottle. Or, for those of you in too much of a hurry to stop and go through a few samples, here are some Malbec recommendations to fulfil your quick shopping requirements:


Graffigna 2011 Centenario Reserve Malbec - $14.50
Impressive intensity and balance of aromas on the nose of this Malbec with ripe blackberry and sweet spices in the lead supported by light, toasted oak and sun-drenched rock notes.
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Pascual Toso 2012 Malbec - $15
This easy-drinking, fruit-forward Malbec offers plenty of juicy, ripe cherry and tangy wild-blackberry fruit on the otherwise spicy-vanilla nose and the mild-mannered palate where light tannins and acidity play a supporting role to the hero of the wine, its tangy, fleshy fruit.
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Bodegas Escorihuela Gascón 2012 '1884' Reservado Malbec - $17
There's a warm smokiness on the nose of this Malbec that envelopes the blue fruit, mocha and light spice aromas while hints of vanilla and oak poke through the fog adding impressive depth and complexity for this price point.
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Luigi Bosca 2011  Malbec - $20
A very pure expression of Malbec with a focus on the balance between the natural, fleshy-fruit and peppercorn qualities of the variety. Some oak influence from 12 months in French barrels is perceptible and successfully enhances both the blackberry and plum-infused nose and the modern, fruit-forward, easy-drinking palate. 
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Michel Torino 2011 Don David Finca La Maravilla #6 - $20
This inky-purple, single-vineyard Malbec from the Cafayate Valley packs a punch. Albeit, a well-balanced, accurate punch. Should make for an excellent pairing with a fine cut of beef, either grilled or broiled.
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Bodega Norton 2010 Reserva Malbec - $20
Warm, inviting and layered, the Reserva from Bodegas Norton is the Malbec for lovers of red wines with character, a sense of place and bold fruit but without the residual sweetness all too common among red wines these days.
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River Stone Estate Winery 2012 Malbec Rosé - $20
Bold, both in hue and in flavour, the River Stone Malbec Rosé is one of the more colourful and fuller-bodied blush wines on the market in BC today.
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Perseus Winery 2011 Select Lots Syrah Malbec - $29
Sourced from vineyards in the Similkameen Valley and Osoyoos, this blend of 68% Syrah, 23% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot offers ripe and spicy red and blue fruit aromas on a charming nose enhanced with toasted oak notes and hints of cinnamon sticks.
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 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014 IconWines.ca

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BC Wine Deal: April 2nd, 2014

The following VQA wines have been reduced in price at your local participating VQA and BCLDB stores.

Andrew Peller Pinot Blanc was $12.99 is now $10.99
Cedar Creek Platinum M was $64.98 
is now $48.95
Cedar Creek Proprietor's Red was $14.95 
is now $13.95
Cedar Creek Riesling was $17.92 
is now $16.92
Chaberton Gamy Noir was $17.95 
is now $15.95
Chaberton Gewurztraminer was $17.95 
is now $15.95
D'Angelo Sette Coppa Riserva was $24.87 
is now $17.90
Desert Hills Cabernet Franc was $26.90 
is now $21.99
Desert Hills D Minor Rouge was $17.90 
is now $16.90
Gehringer Brothers Pinot Blanc was $14.99 
is now $12.99
Hester Creek Character White was $17.95 
is now $15.95
Hester Creek Pinot Gris was $17.95 
is now $15.95
Inniskillin Chenin Blanc was $16.99 
is now $14.99
Inniskillin Dark Horse Meritage was $24.99 
is now $21.99
Inniskillin Pinot Blanc Reserve was $13.99 
is now $11.99
Kalala 3 Cru Traveller was $19.87 
is now $14.90
Kalala 3 Cru Wanderlust was $14.87 
is now $11.90
Kalala Gewurztraminer was $17.92 
is now $13.95
Paradise Ranch Cabernet/Merlot Late Harvest 375ml was $18.90 
is now $16.90
See Ya Later Ping was $27.99 
is now $22.99
See Ya Later Pinot Noir was $22.00 
is now $17.99
See Ya Later Riesling was $16.99 
is now $13.99
Strut Risque was $13.99 
is now $10.99
Strut Well Heeled was $13.99 
is now $10.99
Sumac Ridge Chardonnay Private Reserve was $13.99 
is now $11.99
Sumac Ridge Pinot Grigio was $13.99 
is now $11.99
Sumac Ridge Stellar's Jay Brut was $24.99 
is now $21.99
Summerhill Baco Noir was $24.95 
is now $22.95
Therapy Pinot Gris was $17.95 
is now $15.95
Whistler Merlot Late Harvest was $16.90 
is now $14.90
White Spirit Blend was $13.99 
is now $11.99

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Monthly Picks: March - LaStella/Le Vieux Pin

March's Monthly Picks post is dedicated to the exceptional wines of Okanagan Valley sister wineries LaStella and Le Vieux Pin. Owned and operated by the Enotecca group, both have recently released new wines to the market.

The LaStella wines take their inspiration from Italy while Le Vieux Pin professes Enotecca's love for France's Rhone Valley. Both, however, strive to produce quality, uniquely Okanagan Valley wines, not doppelgangers of each winery's venerable Old World muse.


Le Vieux Pin 2012 Petit Sigma Blanc - $20
A blend of 9 French and Germanic varieties each contributing to a lovely combination of aromatic and rich characters on the exotic fruit and floral nose and on the richly textured palate where a medley of ripe melon, tropical fruit and crisp citrus flavours mingle with stone fruit and mineral notes.
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Le Vieux Pin 2012 Ava - $35
The enchanting, Rhone-inspired "Ava" combines 61% Viognier, 21% Roussanne and 18% Marsanne into a deliciously rich and creamy textured wine that blends tropical and melon fruit with mineral and exotic nut aromas and flavours to create a layered, sensual wine that will stand on its own or pair with Poulet de Bresse-esque dishes.
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LaStella 2011 Fortissimo - $35
Sweet, warm and feminine on the nose, LaStella's ode to establishment-challenging Tuscan wines is a blend of 71% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Sangiovese.
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Le Vieux Pin 2011 Syrah - $TBA
The nose of this Northern-Rhone inspired Syrah is divine, with layers of white pepper, violet flowers, cured meat, vanilla-cola and black cherry aromas producing a heavenly, feminine bouquet that you will want to quaff for hours. 
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LaStella 2011 Maestoso "Solo" Merlot - $100
Supremely elegant and nuanced, LaStella's flagship wine, Maestoso, proves that 100% Merlot wines can be just as memorable and complete as equally priced Cabernet Sauvignon when handled with as much care and detailed attention that the Osoyoos Lake winery applies to this beautiful wine.
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