Icon Fine Wines & Spirits is a wine and spirit agency located in Yaletown that features predominantly family-owned boutique wine produced from major wine regions of the world, as well as niche spirits and imported craft beer. I was invited recently to try the latest wines, and vintages, in their portfolio. Following are some of my favourite wines from the tasting.
In addition, I tasted a wonderful flight of wines from a BC winery they represent. Can you guess which one? Here’s a hint: What is a winery at a crossroads also known as?
My Wine Recommendations
Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 2014 ($17.39) – Lots of asparagus on the nose with peaches hiding behind. Dry medium body, with controlled acidity. More asparagus on the palate. Lighter mouth feel. Very nice. Get ready for patio season and fresh seafood. Rating:
Famille Bougrier Vouvray V Chenin Blanc, France, 2014 ($15.49) – Light stone fruit nose. Off-dry, soft, with medium acidity. Light peach and apple flavours. An elegant, easy to sip wine. Rating:
Chateau Pesquie Artemia, France, 2012 ($46.99) – A 50/50 blend of Syrah and Grenache, this wine is opaque garnet in colour. Intense nose with aromas of ripe cassis, dark cherry and light vanilla. Medium body, soft, with light mouth feel. Sweet spices, juicy cassis and ripe raspberry flavours. Mouth watering acidity and nutmeg on the finish. This wine paired very nicely with some apple wood smoked cheddar. If this wine is a bit out of your price range, consider their Terrasses Rouge at $18.99. Rating:
Chateau de Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone “Barone Louis”, France, 2011 ($29.99) – Nice nose with supple, ripe red fruit. Medium body, dry with medium plus tannins. Red fruit and red cherries on the palate. An excellent wine at a very good price. Rating:
Lunate Verosso Primitivo, IGT, Italy, 2013 ($14.79) – Light translucent garnet. Ripe cassis and red cherry aromas, which invite you to sip. Dry, fuller bodied with ripe red fruits, minerality, and bright acidity. Rating:
Lunate Verso Rosso, IGT, Italy, 2013 ($17.99) – A blend of Negroamaro, Primitivo, and Malvasia Nera, this wine smells like wild strawberries and ripe red cherries. Really enjoyable. The wine is dry, medium body with lighter tannins. Apples, red cherries and a hint of nutmeg spice. Light and lifted flavours. Rating:
The Answer to My Question
The BC winery in question is Intersection Winery, located at one of the larger ‘intersections’ on Highway 97 near Oliver. There are many wines that I liked from Intersection Winery that I will write a separate article for them. Stay tuned.