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Merlot, 2020

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2020 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 14.7% ALC/VOL

This Merlot is smooth and easy drinking, but is full of flavour. It is one of our most popular reds here at Upper Bench.

Nose: dark chocolate, cedar, leather, strawberry jam, red currant

Palate: cranberry, raspberry, blueberry, cinnamon, tobacco

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The 2017 vintage was a featured wine in May's Wine Club package, 2020.


Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vineyard: Various Naramata Bench vineyards
Residual Sugar: 4.1 g/L
Cases Produced: 451


Appearance: Deep purple-ruby in colour.
Nose: Cedary, lightly floral, black cherry bouquet with oak spice.
Palate: Medium to full-bodied, dry, savoury, sweet black fruit flavours with racy acidity and a firm finish.
Quality: Very Good+ - Outstanding, dependent on cellaring. 88-90 points. You can drink it now but 1 – 2 years in the cellar will enhance the bouquet and round off the dark chocolate tannins.


Food Pairing: Veal chops with capers and cream sauce, shepherd’s pie, roast beef sandwich with caramelized onions, spinach and artichoke stuffed mushrooms, filet mignon with arugula salad, and elk burgers with garlic mashed potatoes.