Ottawa, ON

June 2017


Matt’s review:  Painted Rock Estate Winery’s flagship wine, Red Icon, showcases the high quality wines that proprietor, John Skinner, and consulting winemaker, Alain Sutre, are focused on crafting from this picturesque Penticton – Skaha Lake, Okanagan Valley winery.  With an objective of crafting world-class ultra premium wines that showcase the unique terroir of the Okanagan Valley, and that can compete with the finest wines in the world, Painted Rock is well on their way and the 2014 vintage is a gorgeous expression of this increasingly internationally recognized iconic Canadian wine.  Deep ruby red with an opaque core, the nose shows rich black fruits, black plum, black fig, blueberry, clove, mocha, and pipe tobacco.  Full bodied with big structure, it has great power and richness with remarkable freshness and elegance.  A very supple texture reveal the harmonious balance that showcases the quality of the fruit and attention the winemaker took in vinifying and assembling the components to achieve such a expressive and well integrated premium wine.  Decant then enjoy with slow-roasted prime rib with a rich red wine jus.  Cellaring is certain to reward those with patience as this youthful wine will evolve and improve with age as it approaches its optimal window of enjoyment. Drink 2017-2030. Tasted June 2017. 93 points. Matt Steeves –

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