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Deborah Podurgiel

Deborah Podurgiel

6 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 94/100

Robin Ridge’s Signature Series Meritage 2012 is glorious. Rich aromas of liquid cherry, cedar spice, cinnamon, sweet tobacco, dried herbs and a spicy, spicy nose. Dry, medium-plus-bodied and juicy with fresh tart cherry, pepper spice, cinnamon flavours on the palate, warming (14% abv), fresh acidity for food and rounded tannins, finishing long and spicy with ripe cassis flavours. Lighter style Meritage of 54% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot and so very good. Created by Tom Cottrill and “the Big Bird” capture on Canvas by Murray E. Phillips and featured on the wine bottle back label. All wine grapes for this wine were sourced from the Similkameen Valley.

6 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 94/100

Robin Ridge’s Signature Series Meritage 2012 is glorious. Rich aromas of liquid cherry, cedar spice, cinnamon, sweet tobacco, dried herbs and a spicy, spicy nose. Dry, medium-plus-bodied and juicy with fresh tart cherry, pepper spice, cinnamon flavours on the palate, warming (14% abv), fresh acidity for food and rounded tannins, finishing long and spicy with ripe cassis flavours. Lighter style Meritage of 54% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot and so very good. Created by Tom Cottrill and “the Big Bird” capture on Canvas by Murray E. Phillips and featured on the wine bottle back label. All wine grapes for this wine were sourced from the Similkameen Valley.

Deep Roots Winery Cabernet Franc 2016

Naramata, British Columbia, Canada
6 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 91/100

Wow! This Cabernet Franc have character. Dry, full-bodied with dark plum compote, ripe dark berries, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg spice, earthy florals, sweet tobacco, savoury herb and dark chocolate flavours on the palate. Finishes long and spicy with a peppery finish. From a warm vintage (14.6% abv) this Cabernet Franc demands attention and a grilled steak. We paired it with a grilled petit tendre. The Hardman family have been farming the clay cliffs above the village of Naramata for almost 100 years. Originally, it was a fruit orchard then replanted in vinifera grapes. Will Hardman is the winery’s fourth generation winemaker.

Odyssey

Gray Monk Estate Winery Odyssey Meritage 2012

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

Deborah scored this wine: 92/100

From Gray Monk Estate Winery’s Odyssey Reserve series, Meritage 2012 is a full-bodied red beauty produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc wine grapes aged in new French oak barrels. Deep ruby in the glass, aromatic and spicy with tart cherry, savoury herbs, thyme, cracked pepper, grilled bacon and earthy dark spices, on the palate it is dry, medium-plus-bodied with ripe dark cherry, blackberry, underbrush, violets, eucalyptus, pepper, cedar spice flavours and a lingering smoky vanilla finish. Tannins are smooth. Good acidity for rich roasted meats like prime rib roast and lamb dishes. 13.7% abv. $35

6 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 92/100

Fort Berens Estate Winery Rosé 2018 is so pretty with its pink florals, white freesia and baked cherry pie aromas. Produced from 100% organically-grown Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir wine grapes with a splash of Muscat to add to the aromatics, the rosé is a perfect patio sipper or sundowner, but also has bright acidity for food. Barely dry (9.5 g/l residual sugar), medium-bodied with lush raspberry, red berry, cold black tea flavours, some dried herbs and pepper spice finish. The wine juice was co-fermented in controlled-temperature stainless-steel tank to retain fruit freshness. Enjoy with a roasted red pepper, arugula and herbed goat cheese flatbread, quiches, brunch, charcuterie and creamy cheeses. Fort Berens Estate Winery is Lillooet’s First Winery. $21

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