Toasted, structured, fragrant.
This Merlot was harvested from estate vineyards in Oliver and Osoyoos, was put through a malolactic (second) fermentation and matured in mixed (although mostly French) oak barrels for about 14 months.
Although time in barrel has been lessened from earlier vintages, it still shows on the palate. On the nose you can expect plush spiced plums, chocolate covered cherries, vanilla and vague minty notes. It has a solid frame and fleshy fruit on the entry and then it rolls into imperious flavours of toasted oak, espresso, butter cocoa and roasted brown spices, which hide the fruit. Despite its bottle age it is still fresh and wound up, so I highly recommend decanting.
Pairing with grilled protein or hard cheeses will take the edge off.
Rich Meats , Barbeque, Cheese - Hard/Aged, Cellar Keepers
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Wine Scores reviewed - 2020-06-02 13:00:48.0