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Merlot, 2019

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2019 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 14.1% ALC/VOL

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Tasting Notes: This Merlot is garnet in colour with an aromatic bouquet of baked blue plum, black cherry, spice box, and oak. This medium- to full-bodied wine has soft drying tannins, and flavours of ripe black fruits accented by notes of spice. Lovely notes of black tea, black cherry, blackberry, and spice linger on the finish.

Food Pairings: Excellent with roasted quail; pheasant; grilled lamb chops; cold beef wraps; grilled T-bone steaks; Portobello mushrooms; bean stews; beef brisket; pot roast; one-year old Canadian cheddar and Bellavitano Merlot cheeses.

Winemaking: The Merlot grapes were harvested from Oliver and Osoyoos regions within the Okanagan Valley. The grapes underwent traditional red wine making, 12 months aging in French and American oak barrels for added complexity, and a full malolactic fermentation to soften the mouthfeel.

Sweetness Level: (0) Dry, 3.8 g/L
Total Acidity: 6.52 g/L

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

Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vineyard: Various Oliver and Osoyoos vineyards
Residual Sugar: 3.8 g/L
Cases Produced: 575

Appearance: Semi-opaque. Dark garnet colour.
Nose: Dark cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, savoury green herbs, hint of black pepper and smoke.
Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Plum, black cherry, dark berry fruit, green vegetal note, hints of earth and black pepper.
Quality: 90 points. Outstanding.

Food Pairing: Portobello mushroom burgers, macaroni and cheese with truffle shavings, beef wellington with blackberry sauce, grilled flat iron steak and frites, and charcuterie.