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Deborah Podurgiel

Deborah Podurgiel

2 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

Old Vines Pinot Blanc, perfumed with peaches, cream, orange blossoms, dried quince, light spice and clean mineral aromas on the nose. Barely dry with ripe pear, quince, white pepper and a lemon pudding finish lingering on the palate. Perfect for the patio, chill and enjoy on its own. Produced from Old Vine Pinot Blanc sourced from Blocks 4 and 9 in the Golden Mile Bench Vineyard. Hand-harvested and lightly pressed, the individual blocks of wine juice were cool-fermented for 20 days in stainless steel, then blended together prior to bottling.

Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2018

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

Deborah scored this wine: 93/100

A vibrant, organic, 100% Pinot Noir with up to a three-hour soak giving it the palest petal pink colour. Lovely fresh berry and mineral nose. Dry, medium-bodied with more ripe red berries, light herbs and zesty citrus flavours on the palate with a lingering clean mineral finish. Elegant, lightly chilled and so easy to enjoy on its own. We paired it with smoked Atlantic salmon on baguette.

British Columbia

British Columbia Unsworth Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve 2017

British Columbia, Canada
2 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

Unsworth Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir is a cool-climate 100% Pinot Noir from Saison Vineyards on Vancouver Island, a single vineyard PN made from select clones 777, 667 and 828. Fragrant with ripe cherries, wild strawberries, cake spice and old wood aromas on the nose. Dry, smooth with cherry liqueur, wild strawberries, white pepper spice, earthy florals, fresh mushroom and dried tobacco leaf flavours on the palate. Beautiful on its own, but we paired it with grilled oyster beef steaks. Unsworth Vineyards are located on Vancouver Island, between the 48th and 50th parallel in the North Cowichan Valley. Wet and cool in the winter, summers are dry and warm with long sunshine hours and cooling ocean breezes.

British Columbia

British Columbia River Stone Estate Winery Corner Stone 2016

British Columbia, Canada
2 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

Another great, single vineyard Meritage 42% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot blend from River Stone Estate Winery’s River Rock Vineyards. The 2016 vintage was aged 18 months in French oak barriques, one-third new oak. Beautifully balanced, luxurious on the palate with dark berry, dried wild herbs, savoury spice, dark chocolate and coffee flavours smooth on the palate, medium-plus-bodied, medium rounded tannins, very approachable now, but could cellar for another three years. Wine grapes are hand-harvested with 80% of the grapes left whole and uncrushed. Grapes are cold soaked up to five days and then fermented in both stainless steel tanks and small fermentation totes to maximize skin contact. Paired with slow-braised beef prime ribs.

2 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 94/100

Wow! If this Merlot were a perfume (and it should be), it would be called Eau de Merlot. A very warm and sensuous deepest, darkest ruby in the glass, right from the first waft, you know this is going to be a ‘gooder’. Perfumed on the nose with candied spiced plum, ripe black currant, sandalwood, mint, cracked black pepper, nutmeg and cedar spice aromas. There’s a lot going on here. On the palate, dry (0.7 g/l residual sugar), mouth-filling and smooth with juicy, concentrated ripe plum, sweet dried tobacco leaf, cake spice, rich dark chocolate and a long smoky vanilla finish. This is just a beautiful Small Lots Merlot, an incredible inaugural effort by C.C. Jentsch Cellars from a strong vintage - worth every penny at $36 (winery price). Matured 17 months in a mix of French and American oak barrels. Vegan friendly. The winery suggests pairing it with roast duck or BBQ spareribs. We paired it with slow-braised venison shanks and potato dumplings.

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