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Mark Britton

Mark Britton

Gray Monk Estate Winery Gewürztraminer 2011

Bc V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
2037 days ago

Mark scored this wine: 88/100

Pale lemon and a bit watery in appearance with intense floral aromas that jump out of the glass alongside honeydew, stone and some tropical fruits. On the palate it’s a bit more mellow than I would have expected. Extremely easy drinking with fruit so rich it almost comes off with a bit of sweetness. Pair with Asian or Indian food.

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Chardonnay 2011

Bc V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada
2037 days ago

Mark scored this wine: 85/100

Very nice aromas and a big bouquet for a chardonnay. The aroma’s of vanilla, toast, oak, and red apple jump out of the glass. There is really a lot going on. On the palate however it lacks as the vanilla takes over and dominates a bit. The apple comes on, but too little too late. Pair with chicken, pasta and seafood.

Reserve

Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2010

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
2037 days ago

Mark scored this wine: 89/100

Beautiful lemon/gold colour starts off in the glass. The aroma’s are well integrated with oak, vanilla, peach, and apple and then even some tropical fruits coming through as the wine warms up. On the palate the oak is well integrated with flavours of peach, toast, nuts, vanilla, and butter. Pair with your next Thanksgiving turkey dinner and don’t look back.

EauVivre Winery and Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008

Bc V.Q.A., Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada
2037 days ago

Mark scored this wine: 91/100

Almost a hint of brown or tauny mixed in with the beautiful ruby colour. On the nose you get some cooked cherry, earth, and violet notes and overall very strong aromatics. On the palate this wine bursts with flavour and shows it’s true colours. Cherry, earth and cigar smoke are all beautifully integrated with soft tannins, nice acidity, and a great lingering finish. An overall beautiful, soft, pinot noir. Excellent value at $22.

Le Grand Vin

Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Meritage 2008

Bc V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
2037 days ago

Mark scored this wine: 92/100

Truth be told I have wanted to try this wine for years and have almost bought it on multiple occasions. I was not disappointed A robust blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot this wine is huge and full of flavour. You’ll find dark fruit and even espresso on the nose. Plus, if you’ve ever smelled pipe smoke you’ll also notice that in the aromatics. On the palate you get a soft mouthfeel which just coats your mouth with velvety tannins that you almost can’t even notice. This is a perfectly balanced wine with the longest finish I have tasted in awhile and although it’s a big red red wine you could easily find yourself sipping this without hesitation. Pair with red meat and game.

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