Screaming Frenzy 2016 Shiraz'Dark, hematic and brooding syrah with more aromatic abilities than you might think. Plenty of wood sheathing and spicy intensity, with heat, liqueur and a sense of foreboding. Dark soy and balsamic in a bad boy of a northern Rhône like syrah. Big, potent and impressive. Drink 2021-2027. Tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019. 91 points' - Michael Godel, Critic at WineAlign.com
'The goal of Dynasty White is extravagant opulence, and the vectors are chardonnay mixed with sémillon and viognier. The attack is rich with floral perfume leading to apple pie, baked pears, vanilla and a touch of sweet lemon curd countered by a fresh finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. There is an aura of the exotic suggesting this would be best suited to richer menu items and or spicy items like a Thai or Indian curry. Ready to drink. 88 points'
- Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine
BSV 2016 'Oak Street Vineyard' Chardonnay'A minor reduction locks in freshness, distracts with no apparent edginess and so first impressions are fruitful and seamless. There’s an aromatic sweetness in buoyant assistance to what is ostensibly savoury chardonnay, though also liquid dusty and spice cupboard melting through swaths of fruit. High level example with all available and averrable advantages in pocket, starting in the vineyard and following through right to the end of the winemaking processes. Drink 2019-2023. Tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019. 91 points' - Michael Godel, Critic at WineAlign.com
BSV 2016 'Palo Solera Vineyard' Pinot Noir'Palo Solara is another East Kelowna site in need of a sub-appellation. The vineyard is cool-sited, and has been sustainably farmed for some time. Suitably pale, the nose is an earthy, forest floor affair with savoury black cherry, and a touch of bitter/toasted almond and smoke. Still just a baby, this will need a year or two to gather itself and move forward. Low on fruit but big on style, it’s another piece of the BC pinot puzzle. 88 points' Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine
BSV 2015 'Hans Estate Franc Syrah'‘Hans Estate Vineyard is located directly below the Mission Hill Oculus block on the East Osoyoos Bench. The blend is a very sexy 50/50 cabernet franc/syrah. The nose has an aromatic, perfumed edge with an exotic, fragrant five-spice/tea note that spills onto the palate. Youthful and slightly rambunctious, there is plenty of ripe fruit to embrace here and nothing grilled beef, lamb, or pork won’t subdue for the moment. Still, I would wait three to five years for the wine to really blossom. Well done. 90 points’ – Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine
Crown + Thieves 2016 Doc Gew
A gorgeous BC white wine made from Gewurztraminer grapes grown in the winery’s Paven Vineyard. Aromas of lychee, rosewater and baking spice. Medium-bodied. Perfect for spicy dishes and curries.
90 points‘ – reviewed on July 19, 2017 by Natalie MacLean
‘Gorgeous floral, white peach, melon and lip smacking citrus notes. I’m loving the acidity and faint white pepper finish. A delicious medium-bodied Gewurztraminer. Enjoy with haddock Thai green curry.
91 points‘ - Monique Sosa – Accredited Sommelier
Crown + Thieves 2016 Roussanne Viognier'Winemaker Jason Parkes describes roussanne as being like “chardonnay on steroids; it loves oak, is super rich and textured.” The ’16 is all that and more in the glass. The nose is floral with weighty perfume. The attack is equally rich with pear butter, honeysuckle, orange and caramel running through its rich textures and slightly bitter finish. Parkes has added viognier to the mix to lift further the aromatics and add a mysterious, exotic undercurrent. Not for everyone, but then that’s what makes wine so much fun. Try this now with sablefish or lobster or hold it for three to five years for the entire picture. 89 points' - Gismondi on Wine
BSV 2015 'Melville Vineyard' Chardonnay
‘One of three single vineyard 2015 chardonnays The Hatch released under the Black Swift line, this is from a half acre vineyard outside of Peachland on deep clay loams. One puncheon was made, so there are only fifty cases out there for you to seek out. Said puncheon is overwhelming at this young stage, with strident wood, vanilla pod, ripe and creamy pear, on a structured, muscular, green apple-lined core, finishing with heady wood spicing. This is a wine to lay down for 2+ years, to allow the integration of wood into the potent orchard fruit. At 12.9 percent, this is certainly not flabby or overripe. Hopefully future vintages will benefit from older puncheon use.
89 points' – Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine
Screaming Frenzy 2016 Meritage
‘A fine improvement here, especially on the nose, which is now more of a mysterious, brooding red with earthy, savoury dark fruit nuances that seek to entice rather than overwhelm. The blend is 47/39/14/ merlot, petit verdot and malbec from Jagger Rock Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley. The entry is round, soft and dense, with mouth-filling tannins from the merlot and petit verdot. Impressive at this point, especially for the price, and likely to get better over the next two to three years. Lamb is a fine match. 89 points‘– Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine July 10 2019
Rated GOOD/GOOD by @BCWineMemes, June 29th 2019