Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The 2009 Wine of the Year
December 9th, 2009
Icon Wines is proud to announce.
The 2009 "Wine of the Year" representing the best wine released in this calendar year is:
Blackwood Lane Winery 2006 Alliance $60 - 94pts
This exquisite wine was first tasted in August by Icon Wines partners Liam Carrier and Hugh Carter during a visit to the winery for a barrel tasting of the upcoming 2007 vintage (tentative Feb 2010 release date). At the time we scored the current 2006 release a very strong 94/100 points and were equally impressed by the upcoming 2007 release. This wine stayed fresh in our memory through the 2006 Bordeaux and Fall releases and remained our favourite of all the wines we had tasted this year. Subsequent visits to the wineries for follow-up tastings helped to solidify it as a must for this year's "Wine of the Year" award.
The winery also produces another amazing Meritage blend called Reférence as a micro-cuvée with ultra-fine tannins and a higher price tag. However, the accessibility, production and price-point of Alliance won us over and put it over the top.
For more information on Blackwood Lane Winery visit their website: http://www.blackwoodlanewinery.com/
Blackwood Lane wines are available direct from the winery or via select private fine wine shops. (Everything Wine, Firefly Ales & Wines)
Honorable mentions for the 2009 "Wine of the Year":
Lake Breeze 2008 Gewurztraminer
La Frenz 2007 Montage