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wine review: Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 and Reserve Meritage 2020, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, Canada

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery made their debut in 2003, initially producing a modest 40 cases of Pinot Noir and 500 cases of Meritage. Now, after two decades of unwavering dedication, Leslie & Jim D'Andrea, the proprietors, continue to thrive and earn numerous accolades. This year marks their 20th anniversary of crafting premium wines at their enchanting winery in Okanagan Falls.

wine review: Stoneboat Pinot Noir Reserve 2015

SToneboat 'Pinot House' Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

wine review: Stoneboat Pinot Noir 2019

Matt's review: Stoneboat Vineyards are located along the Black Sage Road just south of Oliver, in the heart of Canada's wine capital. It's here where they produce their impressive Pinot Noir, which I highly recommend. 2019 Pinot Noir is a... Continue Reading →

Noble Ridge King’s Ransom Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Noble Ridge produced King's Ransom Cabernet Sauvignon once, being the 2015 vintage. For a winery in Okanagan Falls where Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and traditional method sparking wine seem ideally suited for their terroir, what a surprise to see they deliver such a spectacular expression of Okanagan Cabernet.

wine review: Haywire Garnet Valley Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

The 2021 GVR Pinot Noir is an outstanding expression of premium Okanagan Pinot. Texture, elegance, expressive and very approachable, this is a pure expression of the Garnet Valley Ranch vineyard terroir.

wine review: 2020 Moon Curser Vineyards Touriga Nacional – Osoyoos East Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada

Ottawa, ON Matt's review: Situated along the Osoyoos East Bench, at the very southern limit of the Okanagan Valley, is where Moon Curser's vineyards are located. It's here in arguably the warmest vineyards in the Okanagan where you'll find the... Continue Reading →

wine review: Poplar Grove 2018 Merlot

A blend of 89% Merlot with 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc bringing additional aromatic and flavour complexity to this impressive wine. Ruby red with a garnet hue, the nose shows savoury dark fruits, plum, sweet spices, with a hint of wood smoke and familiar Okanagan Black Sage. A fantastic expression of premium Okanagan Merlot. Great intensity, exceptionally well balanced, the youthful fine grained tannins make this a great choice to enjoy with grilled steak, mushroom risotto, or firm aged cheese. Decant and enjoy over the next decade. Tasted September 2022. 93-94 points. Matt Steeves -

wine review: O’Rourke Twisted Pine Chardonnay 2020

O'Rourke Twisted Pine Chardonnay 2020 14% abv - $80 - Sourced from Block 4, by the Estate's 'twisted Pine tree', where four clones of Chardonnay form this block. The nose shows honey, nutty characteristics, hay, and some tropical fruit. Medium-full bodied with great texture, its elegant and layered, showing impressive complexity for such a youthful vineyard. Keep your eyes on this one over the next decade, it's destined to become a Lake Country icon.

wine review: Culmina No. 18 Süsser Riesling 2020

Ottawa, ON November 2022 Matt's review: Culmina's No. 18 Süsser Riesling 2020 is very unique offering that's part of their winemaker's small lot experimental series. 2020 Süsser Riesling No. 18 is sourced from Margaret's Bench Vineyard high up on the... Continue Reading →

wine review: 92-93 pts Culmina Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

: From Culmina's mineral-rich Arise Bench vineyard located high up on the Golden Mile Bench in the Okanagan Valley, Culmina's Cabernet Sauvignon shows the intensity, complexity, and elegance the wines from this premium Okanagan winery are renowned for year after year.

wine review: Burrowing Owl Athene 2018

Athene is a well structured, elegant and softly textured wine that highlights the best of premium wines from the Black Sage Bench.

93+ pts wine review: CheckMate Artisanal Winery End Game Merlot 2016

2016 End Game is a rich and concentrated expression of ultra premium Okanagan Merlot.

wine review: Liquidity Pinot Gris 2020

Liquidity's Pinot Gris shows great balance of fresh orchard fruit, mineral, and lees providing wonderful freshness and texture...

wine review: Niche Pinot Noir 2019

This is a fantastic ultra small production/boutique Okanagan Pinot that beautifully showcases the greatness and potential in its terroir.

wine review: Red Barn at Jagged Rock Off Centre Viognier 2019

100% Viognier from Black Sage Bench in the heart of the Okanagan

93 pts wine review: Cedar Creek Platinum Home Block Pinot Noir 2019

Cedar Creek's Platinum Home Block Pinot Noir showcases the great quality coming from this single vineyard located on the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake in the north of the Okanagan Valley.

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