WEEK­END WINE PICKS

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TINHORN CREEK PINOT GRIS 2017, OKANA­GAN VAL­LEY

$17.99 | 88/100

UPC: 624802981024 There’s some­thing lik­able about this Pinot Gris that opens with peach yo­gurt, lemon curd, pear and ba­nana notes boast­ing a bois­ter­ous trop­i­cal theme. The palate is ripe and plump, like 2016, but with a lit­tle bet­ter acid. A crowd pleaser that could as­cend even higher with a lit­tle tight­en­ing. Best now with a favourite curry, or spicy sushi rolls. Fine value.

SUM­MER­HILL PYRA­MID WIN­ERY RIES­LING OR­GANIC 2017, OKANA­GAN VAL­LEY

$22 | 89/100

UPC: 779000700332

Old vines (Ries­ling Clone 21B planted in 1978) and Deme­ter cer­ti­fied bio­dy­namic in the vine­yards and at the win­ery are at the heart of this Ries­ling, fer­mented out­doors with am­bi­ent vine­yard yeasts. The fruit is whole clus­ter pressed and fer­mented cold and left with a healthy dose of un­fer­mented sugar to counter its nat­u­rally crisp acid­ity. It’s off dry, but vi­brant with com­plex notes of honey, lemon, peach and river stones. Love the in­ten­sity, and while it’s on the sweet side, it only needs a spicy, savoury turkey dish to set it right.

MT. BOUCHERIE BLAUFRANKISCH 2017, OKANA­GAN VAL­LEY

$25 | 89/100

UPC: 812289000301

Mt. Boucherie is spread­ing its wings with vine­yards up and down the Okana­gan and be­yond, in­clud­ing this Caw­ston gem in the Sim­ilka­meen Val­ley. Now un­der screw cap, this Blaufrankisch (or Lem­berger) is a de­light to drink. The aro­matic nose of­fers up fresh pep­per and per­fectly ripe plummy red fruits with zero funk. The tan­nins are dusty light, mak­ing this very food friendly. A per­fect match for grilled sausages or chorizo spiced rice or a full roasted chicken. Restau­rants only at this point.

LUNGAROTTI ILBIO 2015, UMBRIA, ITALY

$31.99 | 91/100

UPC: 8016044000946 Ilbio is an or­ganic red made with Sa­grantino grapes. The high-den­sity vines sit over a medium, clay mix­ture with a light amount of stones. It spends 10 months in 30 Hl casks fol­lowed by six months in bot­tle, and the re­sult is sen­sa­tional. Juicy and vi­brant, its silky tex­tures spill across the palate packed full of licorice, cin­na­mon, pipe to­bacco and de­li­cious vi­brant, jammy bal­samic fruit. Love the bal­ance and el­e­gance of this rich red with ag­ing po­ten­tial. A per­fect wine for richer mush­room dishes. Pri­vate wine shops only.

GE­ORGES DUBOEUF CHATEAU DES CAPITANS JULIENAS 2015, BEAU­JO­LAIS, BUR­GUNDY, FRANCE

$20.99 | 90/100

UPC: 03351650011166 The Capitans es­tate, named af­ter an an­cient Ro­man head­quar­ters, is sur­rounded by a one-piece vine­yard fac­ing south/south­east. Only 20 per cent of this cru is ma­tured in oak, leav­ing the fruit to sing. The nose, like the wine, is pretty with a spicy, flo­ral nose flecked with wild berries and dusty gran­ite. The palate is more of the same. De­li­cious red/ black rasp­berry fruit flecked with pep­per through­out a silky min­eral, stony fin­ish. Fresh yet se­ri­ous, and cer­tainly ca­pa­ble of ag­ing a few years.

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