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Wine reviews: fine vintage showcasing both terroir and winemaking expertise

Wine reviews: fine vintage showcasing both terroir and winemaking expertise

by | Dec 30, 2016 | Wine & Food

Enjoy these fine vintage wines showcasing both terroir and winemaking expertise

Fairview Cellars

2013 Pendiente De La Terraza
Oliver, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar1/2  $45
The grapes for this lovely 100% Cabernet Sauvignon came from the Alonso Family's Quail's Wayside vineyard. The wine has a rich fruitcake nose with hints of spice, eucalyptus and mint. Velvety smooth but will improve with further cellaring. Braised beef short ribs or bison will pair well with this opulent wine.

Mt. Boucherie

2013 Summit Winemaker’s Reserve
West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar1/2 $49.95
Winemaker Jim Faulkner’s flagship blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec was aged in French oak for 22 months and it is mature, soft and well integrated. Great texture, fruit and long finish. Lamb shanks or roasted chicken will complement this finely poised blend.


2013 Passion Pit Cabernet Sauvignon
Keremeos, Similkameen Valley
StarStarStarStarStar $29

Seductive single vineyard wine with concentrated black current, bouquet garni, cedar, cigar box and complex black fruit. Ripe, full bodied and succulent. Enjoy with Osso bucco or beef Wellington.

Robin Ridge

2013 Pinot Noir
Keremeos, Similkameen Valley
StarStarStarStar1/2  $21.90

Light to medium bodied with strawberry, cherry and rhubarb on nose. Very soft and fruity on palate with good acidity and salivating finish. Gold medal at All Canadian Wine Awards. Serve with wild mushroom risotto.

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards

2012 Fitz Brut
Peachland, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar $32.50

First sparkling wine release from Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards. Blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Lively mousse, dry, crisp granny smith apples. Toasty notes from three years aging sur lie. Pair with smoked salmon, oysters and good friends.

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Helene Scott

Head wine judge of Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Awards, Helene Scott is a sommelier and wine writer. She’s worked with Quails’ Gate, Predator Ridge Resort and the Delta Grand Okanagan. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa she brings a worldly approach to her passion for wines.

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