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.

Inniskillin_TempranilloLang-Vineyards_Marechal-Foch

Inniskillin
2011 Discovery Series Tempranillo
Oliver, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar$30.09

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.

Black-Sage
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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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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