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Cabernet Merlot, 2021

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2021 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 14% ALC/VOL
$26.55
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

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With each gentle swirl of the glass, notes of blue plum, black cherry, and blackcurrant fruit notes mingle with smoky oak, cigar box, and tobacco leaf. This medium- to full-bodied red has soft yet drying tannins, and fruit-flavours of blackcurrant and black cherry, with notes of spice and oak. Black tea, cocoa powder, blackcurrant, and spice box notes linger on the extra-dry finish.

Enjoy with lamb chops; grilled steaks; beef, bean, and vegetable stews; beef brisket; leg of lamb; game meats; pot roast and root vegetables; two-year-old Canadian cheddar.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes for our Cabernet Merlot come from several vineyards in the south Okanagan and the Similkameen valleys. The blend consists of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The wine was tank fermented, then 50% was aged in stainless steel tanks, and 50% was aged in (50%) French and (50%) American oak barrels (10% new oak) for 12 to 14 months. The wines were blended just before bottling.

Residual Sugar: 1.2g/L

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The 2020 vintage was a featured wine in September's Wine Club package, 2022.

Geographical Indication: BC VQA British Columbia
Varietals: Cabernet Franc (39.5%), Cabernet Sauvignon (34.6%), Merlot (25.9%)
Vineyard: Various South Okanagan and Similkameen valley vineyards
Residual Sugar: 1.3 g/L
Cases Produced: 5,831

Appearance: Semi-opaque. Dark ruby red colour.
Nose: Plum, blackberry, dark cherry, violets, smoke, hints of green pepper, vanilla, and black pepper.
Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Plum, raspberry, black cherry, blackcurrant, green pepper, dark chocolate, savoury green herbs, hints of vanilla and black pepper.
Quality: 90 points. Outstanding. Decant well and enjoy now or hold 1 – 2 years.

Food Pairing: Fried tofu with balsamic reduction, slow cooker pot roast with carrots and potatoes, flame-grilled steak with sautéed mushrooms and onions, assorted rich charcuterie, and cheese-stuffed dates wrapped with bacon.