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Cabernet Merlot, 2018

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2018 Fraser Valley 750 mL, 14% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
Critic's Rating 91 pts

On the deeper and darker end of the spectrum, this vintage of our Cabernet-Merlot offering shows notes of ripe black cherry, raspberry jam, sweet tobacco, dried tea leaf and grilled bell pepper. This deep ruby wine has an opulent, rich texture and mouthfeel with a subtle tannic backbone that makes this wine ultimately food friendly but drinkable on its own as well.

BC VQA British Columbia

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- Tony Aspler
  • 2020 All Canadian Wine Championships, Silver 2020 All Canadian Wine Championships, Silver
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    The 2018 vintage was a featured wine in July's Wine Club package, 2022.

    Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

    Geographical Indication: BC VQA British Columbia
    Varietal: Merlot (39%), Cabernet Franc (34%), Cabernet Sauvignon (27%)
    Vineyard: Southwest Osoyoos vineyards
    Residual Sugar: 2.4 g/L
    Cases Produced: 350

    Appearance: Deep purple colour.
    Nose: Cedar, blackcurrant and black plum nose with oak spice.
    Palate: Full-bodied, dry, savoury blackcurrant and plum flavours; nicely oaked, finishing on ripe tannins.
    Quality: 89 – 91 points. Very Good+ / Outstanding. Hold 1 – 2 years.

    Food Pairing: Wood-fired pizza with your favourite toppings, spaghetti and meatballs with homemade garlic bread, tomato salad with blue cheese and crispy shallots, smoked ribs with honey-barbeque sauce, and barbequed venison steak served with garlic mashed potatoes.

    • 2020 All Canadian Wine Championships, Silver