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Cabernet Merlot, 2019

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2019 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.4% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
Critic's Rating 90 pts

Winemaking: A classic blend of 46% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon harvested within the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. The individual varietals underwent traditional red wine making, aged 8 months with French and American oak for added complexity, and a full malolactic fermentation to soften the mouthfeel. The varietals were then blended together for perfect harmony just before bottling.

Characteristics: This Cabernet Merlot has a deep garnet colour and an aromatic bouquet of red berry, currant, red plum, sweet spice, dried herbs and tobacco leaf. This medium-bodied wine has soft drying tannins and lovely fruit notes of currants and plums. Interesting notes of black tea, cocoa powder, spice, plum and cherry linger on the finish.

Food Pairings: Serve with cold beef wraps; grilled beef tenderloin; barbecued red meats; meaty lasagna; mushroom lasagna; bean stews; beef brisket; pot roast; aged Canadian cheddar.

Serving Temperature: Serve at a cool room temperature of 16 to 18˚C. Drink now until 2023.

Critic's Rating

- Tony Aspler
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The 2019 vintage was a featured wine in March's Wine Club package, 2022.

Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

Geographical Indication: BC VQA British Columbia
Varietal: Cabernet Franc (46%), Merlot (45%), Cabernet Sauvignon (9%)
Vineyard: Various Okanagan and Similkameen vineyards
Residual Sugar: 3.1 g/L
Cases Produced: 5,355

Appearance: Opaque purple in colour.
Nose: Blueberry bouquet with oak spice.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, blueberry and black plum flavours with bay leaf notes. Beautifully balanced and firmly structured with a juicy plum finish.
Quality: 89 – 90 points. Very Good+ / Outstanding. Hold to 2023 to soften the tannins.

Food Pairing: Grilled beef tenderloin with jus, eggplant lasagna with garlic bread, smokey pulled pork on pretzel buns, gorgonzola and honey bruschetta, and aged Canadian cheddar.