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Small Lots Three, 2017

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2017 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.6% ALC/VOL
  • Barbera
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sangiovese
Critic's Rating 90 pts


44% Sangiovese, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Barbera


Deep garnet colour with a lovely bouquet of dark plum and black cherry fruit, mingling with notes of leather, baking spices, earth, mushroom, and smoky oak, plus a warm savoury note. This medium to full-bodied wine has silky tannins, great texture and food-friendly acidity. Blue plum and cherry fruit notes unfold on the palate, complemented by notes of sweet spice and earth. Dark cherry, blackberry, coffee, chocolate and Chai spice notes linger beautifully on the finish.

Serve with grilled red meats; rosemary lamb chops; roasted leg of lamb; rich Rigatoni Bolognese with Parmigiano Reggiano; meaty cheesy lasagna; veal parmesan; cured meats and crusty breads along with Pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese.


“This year we increased the amount of Sangiovese, as it was an excellent vintage for this varietal, providing more depth and complexity. The extended growing season provided the true expression of the Italian varietals, Barbera and Sangiovese, and to show their amazing potential in the Okanagan Valley. The use of Cabernet Sauvignon assists in building the structure and tannins of the blend, along with increasing complexity, depth and polish. This is our version of what a ‘Super Italian’ might be, with Cabernet Sauvignon adding more lift to the blend. Enjoy over the next 5 to 6 years, into 2025.” - Sandy Leier, Winemaker

Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/L

Critic's Rating

Silver Medal
- International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK 2020
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The 2017 vintage was a featured wine in November's Wine Club package, 2022.

Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Varietals: Sangiovese (44%), Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), Barbera (18%)
Vineyard: Sandhill Estate Vineyard
Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/L
Cases Produced: 600

Appearance: Semi-opaque. Dark garnet colour.
Nose: Dark cherry, black raspberry, blackcurrant, menthol, leather, hint of smoke and pepper spice.
Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Black cherry, blackberry, plum, dark chocolate, savoury green herbs, baking spice, and earth.
Quality: 91 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding. Decant and enjoy.

Food Pairing: Black bean and corn veggie burgers, falafel-spiced tomatoes and chickpeas on flatbread, osso buco alla Milanese, slow-braised beef with herbed root vegetables, and grilled cheese with prosciutto jam.