The Okanagan jigsaw puzzle 

A case of appellations, sub-appellations and single vineyards

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Osoyoos Larose 2007 Osoyoos Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley $40

Built from the dirt up, this is the best release yet from winemaker Paschal Madevon. Fine grainy, supple tannins mix with peppery, cassis fruit and olives. A great steak wine.

Painted Rock Red Icon 2007 Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley $55

A new label from a spectacular sloping southwest bench above Skaha Lake. The entry is warm and supple, the flavours a mix of spice and savoury dried herbs, black fruit and coffee flavours.

Quails' Gate Pinot Noir Stewart Family Reserve 2007, Mt. Boucherie, Okanagan Valley $45

This pinot has been a work-in-progress since winemaker Grant Stanley arrived. Red fruits, black cherries and spice reflect the special site on the slopes of Mount Boucherie. Sub-appellation, indeed.

Sandhill Merlot Sandhill Vineyard Block C8 2007, Black Sage Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley $35

Winemaker Howard Soon solidifies the notion of legitimate merlot in B.C. Clove, savoury, peppery, vanilla cream, coffee, chocolate and black cherry jam sing out Black Sage Bench and Block C8.

Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto

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