Tom Gore 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nicely dialed-in cabernet delivering spice box, graphite, cherry, and cassis aromas. In the mouth, a fruit-driven, chocolatey, cherry dessert sort of cab. Very easy-going – I can think of a few friends and family that would make this a barbecue staple.
CSPC +776801 $19
Luigi Bosca 2013 Finca La Linda Old Vines Malbec
From 50 year-old vines, it’s black, almost inky to look at it, but cherry and blackberry aromas rest over pepper spice, tar and herb leaf. Quite spicy and yes, quite tannic, but I’m thinking anything charred or smoked on the grill will be a welcome match.
CSPC +869685 $18
Black Hills 2014 Viognier
Okanagan Valley, B.C.
While Nota Bene might get all the attention from Black Hills, it’s the viognier I’m digging. With a deep and varied floral bouquet, it has some lifted peach and apricot fruits and just a touch of spice. In the mouth, there is a touch of oily textures balanced by a little bitterness at the finish. Don’t serve too cold, but would work with a nibble on the deck. CSPC +746273 $32
Chateau Pesquié 2013 Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise
Dessert wine? In summer? You betcha! Pear fruits with Meyer lemon, honey, and melon on the nose, the palate has some noticeable sweetness, but enough acids to keep it balanced. Loving the silky texture and wonderful finish. Serve with apricot or pear desserts, or some nice cheese.
CSPC +764011 $26
Chateau Pesquié 2015 Terrasses Blanc
A blend of viognier, roussanne, and clairette, this positively bursts out of the glass with white blossom and citrus, and a slight scent of a basket of cherries. Juicy, and oh-so-fresh, it’s super tasty and should be a go-to bottle for the summer. Pair with white meat or grilled veggies.
CSPC +749289 $17
Luigi Bosca 2013 Terroir Los Miradores Malbec
Malbec is exceptionally responsive to different terroirs, and in recent years, many winemakers have been noting the potential of finding every nuance in the vineyard. A delicious bottle of malbec here with crushed stone, black fruit, and hints of raisins. On the palate it’s intense, but has so much beauty and flavour going on.
CSPC +766009 About $33-34
Castoro de Oro 2013 Merlot
Okanagan Valley, B.C.
I do love my Okanagan merlots. This example is a little different, featuring more smoky characters than I was expecting. Jelly fruits of plum and currant with sage, pepper spice, clove, and a garrigue surprise. Big fruits and a fine balance of tannin and acid should drink well this summer, but also with a few more years in the cellar.
CSPC +777837 $26
Langlois-Chateau NV Brut
The sort of sparkling wine that should be an everyday occurrence. Honey and woolly aromas with lemon zest, ice wafer, and a mild biscuit character. Zippy and tight on the palate with lemon cream flavours, flintiness and a long, quaffable finish.
CSPC +588780 $24
Langlois-Chateau 2013 Sancerre Rouge
Quite chocolatey and bursting with raspberries, liquorice, and wild strawberries, along with a pinch of earthiness on the nose. Flavours are remarkably consistent with smooth-edged tannins, bright fruit and lovely balance. Pinot, it goes with everything – and this should too.
CSPC +771231 $32
Meyer Family Vineyards 2014 McLean Creek Pinot Noir
Okanagan Falls, B.C.
Truly one of the great pinots coming out of B.C. these days, loved by the wine trade and people in the know, it’s also winning kudos from international press. The 2014 pinot noir is all you want in a restrained, modern pinot with clean fruits and only a touch of herb or vegetable leaf on the nose. World-class for sure.
CSPC +758284 $42
Ateca 2013 Old Vines Grenache
Spain is a solid choice for summertime red wine, but also a star when it comes to pairing with grilled meats, pork, or something a little spicy. Sourced from old vines, there is plenty of complexity on nose and palate, with raspberry and earthy cherry fruits, loads of spice and a savoury character that just begs for food.
CSPC +729032 $25
Haywire 2013 Switchback Pinot Gris
Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Sure there are some people who think that pinot gris should just be cheap and cheerful, but others are happy to see what this noble grape can achieve at its heights. Bursting with honey, peach, and soap stone/mineral tones, it has a gooey, almost creaminess about it. Save it for the weekend with poultry, grilled pork, or on its own.
CSPC +745280 $29