If there was ever a time to splurge on really great big, bold BC red wines and actually drink them, this year is it. Since nothing is normal, why not make the best of it with a few of the greatest BC reds possible? No need for fancy food pairings, these wines are special enough to turn any meal magical, even that slightly cold takeout burger.
Clos du Soleil 2015 Estate Reserve Red
33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 20% Cab Franc, 12 % Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec
On the palate the wine is fresh, lively, and complex without any heaviness. The taster is greeted with fresh, ripe fruit flavours of raspberry and black currant which evolves into spicy notes of black pepper and a certain stony quality on the finish. The structure is built on very fine tannins which gives the wine a feeling of elegance.Golden Mile Bench, Oliver:
Fairview Cellars 2016 The Bear
The flagship wine at Fairview Cellars, this is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Big and bold with dark and red fruits, this has finely integrated tannins and well-balanced acidity with a long smooth finish.
Echo Bay 2016 Cabernet Franc Malbec
Echo Bay is an 18 acre parcel of land along Eastside Road, Okanagan Falls, BC. The estate is managed by Kelsey, Kathy and Mark Rufiange, who apply organic and biodynamic winemaking and farming practices. Produced from 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Malbec, this wine was aged 18 months in 20% new oak barrels. In the glass it is full bodied, with firm tannins and notes of blackberry, raspberry, bell pepper, and chili.
Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 McIntyre Ardua
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
This wine is inspired by the great wines of Pomerol. It has an expressive, seductive bouquet of black fruits and spice. Mouth filling with beautiful ripe tannins and perfectly balanced acidity and fruit. The finish is long and lingering.