Desert Hills 2009 Cabernet Franc ($22.99)
Quite literally the first Cab Franc single varietal we have ever purchased; notes of mint and pepper on the nose and palate. Medium bodied with a lovely, long finish. Delicious. 88.
Cedarcreek 2013 Pinot Noir Rose ($18.99)
A different Rose than their past incarnations and the changes have all been for the better. Lighter and fruitier with notes of juicy strawberries. Beautiful. 88.
Quails' Gate 2012 Gewürztraminer ($17.99)
This was the wine that made me love wine (I want to say it was the 2007 or 08 vintage), and this vintage is no exception. Exotic notes of lychee and spice, slightly off dry, and completely terrific. Very versatile. 92.
Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2011 Merlot ($15.99)
Red and black berries on the nose and palate, with a touch of spice and cocoa on the finish. 79.
Fairview Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.90)
One of BC's most reliable of this varietal, it features notes of cherries and blueberries on the nose. A long and lingering finish featuring some cassis mixing with the fruit. Drinking well now but would have probably improved even more with a little more patient cellaring. 89.
Church & State 2008 Coyote Bowl Meritage ($34.90)
I think this is my favorite $35 wine ever, certainly in the top 2-3. Well-integrated oak mingles with the dominant berries, with all the complexity you could ask for. Tannins are smooth and silky; ready to drink now, but would certainly reward cellaring for another few years. It's a multiple Gold Medal winner for a reason. 93.
To celebrate the exciting Stanley Cup victory of my LA Kings, we popped open this beauty:
Piper Heidsieck Brut Cuvee NV ($65.00)
Full bodied with great structure. Notes of pear, ginger, citrus and a hint of grapefruit. A truly fantastic Champagne at that price point. 90.