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Taster’s Choice: Hearty Red Wine Reviews

Taster’s Choice: Hearty Red Wine Reviews

Showcasing a bouquet of hearty, red wines for wining and dining, the five star rating system stresses value for price.


2011 Discovery Series Tempranillo
Oliver, Okanagan Valley

From the Okanagan’s first Tempranillo vines planted in Dark Horse Vineyard, food-friendly red boasts charm and complexity. Richly-textured palate features black cherry, plum, pipe smoke, nut, game and coffee refreshed by lively acidity. Partners pork roast.

Lang Vineyards
2012 Marechal Foch
Naramata, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar $20.90

Made with grapes harvested from 50 year old, estate grown vines, potent, unoaked Foch qualifies as a fruit bomb. It exudes fig, raisin, plum and dried cherry with notes of coffee, tobacco, toffee, vegemite, smoke and paprika. Pairs with meaty tomato sauce, game stew.


NK-Mip_Pinot-Noir7-Township Reserve 7Nk’mip Cellars
2011 Pinot Noir
Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar1/2 $21.99

Seduction in a bottle! With no Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir in 2011, best fruit from Nk’Mip Vineyard has been used. Voluptuous Pinot Noir boasts fleshy cherry/plum, truffle and vanilla with bright acidity and sweet, silky tannins. Partners roasted veal, beef or turkey.

Township 7
2011 Reserve 7
Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar1/2 $35.99

Selected from the best barrels, tantalizing red comprises all five Bordeaux varieties. Opulent nose, succulent palate deliver creamy, concentrated cherry, blackberry, cocoa bean, licorice and toasted vanilla. Cellar 3-5 years or enjoy with beef, lamb, duck.

Sumac Ridge
2008 Black Sage Vineyard Pipe
Summerland, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar $25.09/500ml

Reminiscent of a fine Late-Bottled Vintage Port, Pipe is made from super-ripe, estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Smooth as silk, the palate exhibits intense plum, cherry, fig and dark chocolate. Enjoy with chocolate cheesecake.

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Michael Botner

Wine columnist for Okanagan Life Magazine, Michael Botner authors our High Spirits feature. Trained as a chartered accountant, Michael now devotes his time and energy to Accounting for Taste, a company dedicated to demystifying wine. As a wine consultant, Michael has chaired a number of international wine competitions. More posts

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