On Saturday, May 29, 2021, BC Liquor Stores will release an exciting selection of California wines. The outstanding collection features iconic names from Napa Valley including Hillside Reds as well as a focus on the new California with Rhône-style gems from Paso Robles and Santa Barbara, exquisite Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from Santa Maria, Sta. Rita Hills and Sonoma Coast. The release will be at select BC Liquor Store locations and in limited quantities. Bottle restrictions may apply.
A few highlights are:
SYRAH – STOLPMAN VINEYARDS BALLARD CANYON 2018
USA | 480454 | 750 ml
The unique soils and climate of Ballard Canyon in Santa Barbara county are outstanding for the Syrah grape and small artisanal style production by the likes of Pete and Jessica Stolpman. Rated 94 points Vinous: “…a reference-point wine for the appellation.”
PASO ROBLES RED – TABLAS CREEK PATELIN DE TABLAS 2018
USA | 80328 | 750 ml
The Mediterranean climate of much of California is perfect for Rhône grape varietals. A collaboration between Château Beaucastel from Châteauneuf-Du-Pape and their US importer is really bringing this to fruition.
ZINFANDEL – MOUNT PEAK RATTLESNAKE 2016
USA | 233993 | 750 ml
Hillside grape growing at the legendary Monte Rosso vineyard provides the fruit for this distinctive Zinfandel. Rated 94 points, The Wine Advocate: “….it has a plush texture and fantastic freshness, finishing with a minty lift.”
NAPA VALLEY RED – ST. CLEMENT OROPPAS 2016
USA | 351285 | 750 ml
$79.99 Now – $39.99 For the release
The last great Napa deal? Found in the wine vaults of Treasury Wine Estates, this is the last vintage of St. Clement icon red Oroppas. Pedigree includes an outstanding 2016 vintage made from a high percentage of hillside vineyard fruit. Limited cases are available.
CABERNET – SCREAMING EAGLE OAKVILLE 2018
USA | 351332 | 750 ml
The one, the only, California’s reigning cult wine. Rated 100 points The Wine Advocate. Other Napa must-haves in the release include: Diamond Creek Mix Pack 2017, Opus 2017, Opus 2015 magnums, Dominus Napanook 2016, Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms 2017 and Dunn Howell Mtn. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017.
PINOT NOIR – J. WILKES SANTA MARIA 2018
USA | 427107 | 750 ml
Pinot Noir is now the other red grape from California with many notable appellations vying for premier status. Coastal Santa Maria is one of these locales where cool ocean influence and soil make the difference plus the 2018 vintage that is being called a winemakers vintage. Everything just lining up just right.
Lower Mainland Vancouver Island Rest of BC
39th & Cambie Fort Street Kelowna Orchard Park
Alberni & Bute Kamloops Columbia Place
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