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Deborah Podurgiel

Deborah Podurgiel Certified Sommelier

Alive Red

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Alive Red 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
28 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

From the famed Demeter-certified biodynamic and organic Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 2018 Alive Organic red is a vegan-friendly, delish and smooth, medium-plus-bodied blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes generous with medium-plus intensity flavours of fresh blackberry, black currant, crushed black raspberry, dried sweet tobacco leaf, cinnamon, smoky savoury herbs and subtle oak spice harmonious and beautifully balanced on the palate. Fermented in large oak tanks, this is such an easy-to-love red at 12.5% abv with rounded tannins. Tasted December 2021 with charcuterie, medium cheddar, Dubliner and Swiss cheeses.

Harper's Trail Field Blend Red 2020

Thompson Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
28 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

As unique as Harper’s Trail Estate Winery itself, the 2020 Field Red Blend is a dry, fruity, medium-bodied and easy going red and white grape blend of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Fresh on the nose with pink florals, cracked pepper, savoury wild herbs and chocolate aromas; dry, medium-plus intensity on the palate with warm strawberry, raspberry, wild herbs and cracked pepper flavours balanced with a juicy, zesty finish. Tannins are rounded. Tasted December 2021 and enjoyed with a roast rack of lamb.

Eden Valley

Pewsey Vale Vineyard Eden Valley Riesling 2020

Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia
28 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

From Pewsey Vale, a vibrant, single-vineyard Eden Valley Riesling, the palest lemon in the glass with light intensity, primary aromas of white florals, lime zest, fresh pear, yellow apple, flint with secondary aromas of dried herbs, fresh pastry and pepper spice. Dry, medium-bodied with mouth-watering acidity and medium alcohol showing primary flavours of ripe yellow apple, unripe pear, lemon, grapefruit zest, flint, dried herbs and white pepper spice with a lime-lemon zest medium-plus-length finish. The fruit flavours in this wine are developing and a bit shy right now; a few years (three) in cellar would help to develop the wine as well as to marry and mellow acidity. If pouring now, chill and enjoy with a rich, creamy pasta and seafood dish. Tasted December 2021.

Thadd Springs Vineyard

Harper's Trail Thadd Springs Vineyard Chardonnay Sparkling 2018

Thompson Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
28 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 93/100

Absolutely amazing value on this 2021 Platinum Award Winning Sparkler. Produced in the traditional method (as in French champagne), toasty on the nose with medium-plus- intensity aromas of baked apple, pear, baked pie crust, toast, almond nut with same on the palate delivered on a fine, persistent mousse and balanced with lemon zesty medium-plus acidity. Lovely structure, balance and intensity on this beautiful bubble from Harper’s Trail Estate Winery that overlooks the South Thompson River on the outskirts of Kamloops. Tasted December 2021 with charcuterie, creamy and medium-hard cheeses.

Terroir Collection Jagged Rock Vineyard

Mission Hill Terroir Collection Jagged Rock Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2020

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
28 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

Each wine in Mission Hill Family Estate’s Terroir Collection is expressive of its soil, clone and climate using precision-farming technology. The 2020 Jagged Rock Vineyard’s 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon white wine blend is fresh and fragrant on the nose with white florals, tropical fruit, soft lemon citrus aromas and is fresh, balanced and elegant with medium-plus-intensity of passionfruit, creamy mango, peach, apricot and Meyer lemon flavours lingering and harmonious on the palate. A portion of the wine was aged in concrete egg (30%), French oak barriques (30%), French oak puncheons (10%) and stainless-steel tanks. (30%). Tasted December 2021.

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