Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Top 25 Wines of 2010

The following wines received the twenty-five highest scores when reviewed by Icon Wines reviewer Liam Carrier (and contributors) in the calendar year of 2010. Omissions from the list include wines "from the cellar" and winery library releases. Ties were broken by taking into account availability, collectability and cellar worthiness.

Blackwood Lane 2006 The Referènce - 95+pts
This attention to detail and use of elite components is all done to add complexity to the wine. Time must be taken with this wine to fully appreciate the complexity as it changes in the glass revealing hidden layers and clues to its secrets.
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Rollingdale Winery 2007 Pinot Noir Ice Wine - 93-94pts
Massive concentration of fruit aromas and flavours (apricot jam, strawberry, fuzzy peaches candy and raspberry cremesicle) are nicely contrasted with impressively high acidity. This leads to a very long, balanced and satisfying finish.
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D'Arenberg 2006 The Dead Arm Shiraz - 93+pts
The Dead Arm name comes from a vine disease that randomly effects vineyards all over the world. This infection causes one arm of the vine to slowly deteriorate into dead wood. While one arm is dead, the other arm produces low yields with amazing intensity.
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Stratus Vineyards 2007 Ice Wine Red - 93pts
A highly concentrated and flavourful ice wine that delivers strawberry, rhubarb and vanilla aromas and flavours. The finish goes on and on and changes in your mouth.
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Meyer Family Vineyards 2009 Micro Cuvée Chardonnay - 92-93pts
Meyer's top-of-the-line Micro Cuvée exudes character and pushes the quality benchmark for BC Chardonnay. In short, it's an "experience".
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Hidden Bench Estate Winery 2008 Estate Chardonnay - 92-93pts
Brilliant in every way. Concentration, crispness and character. A simply divine Chardonnay from the Beamsville Bench producer.
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La Frenz Winery 2007 Grand Total Reserve - 92-93pts
Year-in-year-out this is one of the top Meritage blends in the Province and remains fairly unheralded. Drinking beautifully now, but the fine, ripe tannins and good acidity will allow this wine to age comfortably for some time.
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Fairview Cellars 2008 The Bear - 91-93pts
Highly collectable, age worthy and very well priced. Fairview's top blend, The Bear, always delivers.
Full Review

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2007 Merlot - 91-92pts
This inky-ruby charmer from the winner of the Okanagan Valley's "Best New Winery" award for 2009 is a fantastic, cellar-worthy wine.
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Rollingdale Winery 2007 Reserve Pinot Noir - 91-92pts
If you're a Pinot Noir fanatic who finds too-many New World attempts far too fruity then you'll love this Reserve Pinot from Rollingdale.
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Blackwood Lane 2007 Merlot - 90-92pts
Big, fruity aromas of dark cherries, toasted oak, milk chocolate, maple syrup, a hint of slate and notes of Cabernet Franc funk await you on the nose.
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Stratus Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc - 90-92pts
This Cabernet Franc from Niagara-On-The-Lake producer Stratus Vineyards is as smoky and seductive as a cabaret burlesque review. Age worthy and collectable.
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La Frenz Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - 90-92pts
We strongly recommend cellaring this beauty for two years before opening it to truly get the most out of it - let it be one of the better wines you drink in 2012.
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JoieFarm 2008 PTG - 90-92pts
Combining the classic barnyard funk of a Burgundian-style Pinot Noir with the bright fruitiness of a Beaujolais - all-the-while staying true to its Okanagan roots.
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Tawse Winery 2008 Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc - 91+pts
Balanced and complex with a long finish, this dark ruby coloured wine is drinking beautifully now and has the potential for further development in the bottle.
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Le Clos Jordanne Estate Wines 2007 Talon Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir - 91+pts
This is a high quality Pinot Noir that has been built to age. We recommend squirreling this beauty away for another year or two for further development.
Full Review

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2007 Oldfield Series 2Bench Red - 91+pts
Sadly this excellent Meritage blend, which is also making the Top 20 Value Wines list, is now sold-out at the winery. Seak it out at private stores and restaurants.
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Edge Wines 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - 91+pts
You'll find youthful aromas of raspberry, cassis and plum with toasty oak notes on the nose of this American and French oaked wine (16 months).
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Thirty Bench Estate Winery 2007 Small Lot Chardonnay - 91pts
A superb example of a restrained, complex and very tasty Beamsville Bench Chardonnay.
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Poplar Grove Winery 2006 The Legacy - 91pts
The aging of this delicious Meritage blend has been done for you at the winery and thus the wine is approachable upon release.
Full Review

Black Hills Estate Winery 2008 Nota Bene - 91pts
This wine may be based on a classic Bordeaux-style blend but it reminded us more of a quality Super-Tuscan with great vegetal notes on the nose and earthiness on the palate.
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Road 13 Winery and Vineyards 2009 Jackpot Riesling - 91pts
This bone-dry Riesling with strong, citrus acidity, never feels harsh on the palate due to the presence of lush tropical fruit flavours complimenting the stone fruit character. Supremely well balanced.
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Seven Stones Winery 2007 Standing Rock Meritage - 91pts
This is a beautiful and elegant wine with good concentration and complexity. Very well priced at under $35.
Full Review

Nichol Vineyard and Estate Winery 2008 Syrah - 90-91pts
One of the best Syrah in BC from one of the best terroir in BC, Naramata Bench.Yummy!
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La Crema 2008 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 90-91pts
Gorgeous Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley with a silky-smooth palate and intense fruit and mineral rich nose. Very well balanced.
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 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010

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