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One of Clos du Soleil’s acclaimed small-lot “Grower’s Series”, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, sourced from the Chopaka Ridge Vineyard of Cawston, in the Similkameen Valley, is expressive, bold and well balanced.
Eyes: A beautiful inky purple colour in the glass.
Nose: This wine greets the taster with multi-layered aromas of black currant, raspberries, and coffee.
Mouth: On the palate the wine opens with flavours of sweet, ripe forest berries, evolving into a blend of darker spices, toast and coffee on the finish. Firm but fine tannins, complement the rich mouth-feel.
Recommended food pairings: Pair with roast beef and herbs, or steak au poivre. This wine can be enjoyed now, but will continue to develop with age for many years to come!
Awards & Ratings
This was a featured wine from November's wine club.
Name: 2013 Cabernet Merlot
Winery: Clos du Soleil
Geographical Indication: Similkameen Valley
Variety: Merlot (82%), Cabernet Sauvignon (18%)
Vineyard: Makepeace Family Vineyard
Cases Produced: 275
Appearance: Opaque with rich brick red centre, dusty rose towards rim.
Nose: Dark chocolate, espresso, cherries, Bourbon.
Palate: Medium weight with lively acidity and minerality, brambly red and black berry fruit, dates, and toasty vanilla notes.
Quality: An excellent example of the Similkameen Valley’s ability to produce Bordeaux-styled blends than can stand amongst their international brethren. Drink now or age three to four years.
Food pairings: Beef Stroganoff, Veal Scaloppine, Bangers & Mash, Roast Beef Dip Sandwich, Venison, Wild Mushroom Ragout with Polenta.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
This wine is the epitome of the Similkameen Valley in a glass. The sun-drenched vineyards have ripened the fruit well, while limestone-rich soils are expressed via fresh minerality. Cool evenings offer natural, buoyant acidity while hints of wild sage pepper the wine’s finish. A careful balance of the two grape varieties brings the best of both worlds, that Cabernet singing with capsicum, currants and rugged, rocky soils, while the berry-driven Merlot envelopes it all with charm. As Clos du Soleil enter the home stretch of becoming fully biodynamic, it’s apparent in the glass that their vineyards are in good health, with balance and expressiveness seemingly achieved with ease.
- Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight