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Meritage Reserve, 2017

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2017 Lillooet 750 mL, 12.6% ALC/VOL

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  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot


On the nose, this oaky Meritage Reserve has aromas of cherries, black currants, and potpourri. It is a full-bodied wine, with notes of Italian plums and cherries, with a long, smooth finish. Decant this wine to aerate it and open up the aromas and flavours.

This wine is ready now and will peak by 2025. With proper cellaring, you can age this wine until 2030.

Decant this wine and then pair it with roasted lamb, grilled steak, or beef short ribs.

Winemaker Notes: Made with our best grapes, this ultra-premium blend features 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% estate grown Merlot, and 15% estate grown Cabernet Franc. All three varietals were vinified separately. The wine was aged for 10 months in a variety of French and American oak barrels. The best barrels were meticulously blended to create this wine.

Awards & Ratings

Connoisseur Note(s):

Bronze – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2019


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Tasting Notes

This was a featured wine in November's wine club package.


Variety: Merlot (56%),Cabernet Sauvignon (27%), Cabernet Franc (17%)

Vineyard: Fort Berens Estate Vineyard, Blind Creek Vineyard, Road 9 Vineyard, Roger Pires’ Vineyard.

Cases Produced: 595


Appearance: Bright, semi-opaque, deep ruby core, lighter purple rim.

Nose: Medium+ aromatic intensity. Dark cherry, blackberry, black currant, menthol, earth, leather, ash, black pepper. Dark floral notes like violet.

Palate: Medium body, medium acid, medium tannin.Black cherry, plum, black currant, black pepper, herbal notes, and spice.

Food Pairing: Strong cheeses like Blue cheese, roasted leg of lamb with herbs, Beef Stroganoff with Porcini mushrooms, grilled steak with peppercorn sauce, and Confit duck legs.



Fort Berens has been making incredible strides since planting their first vines in 2009. They craft their wines with minimal intervention, resulting in high-quality products that are expressive of the region’s terroir. 


For the 2015 Meritage Reserve, the best Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc fruit from the Fort Berens vineyard, two Okanagan vineyards, and one Similkameen vineyard were pressed separately and aged in French and American oak. After aging, the barrels showing the highest quality were chosen for this Meritage Reserve blend, and then bottle aged for another 12 months. 


This wine is silky and luxurious with a long finish. It’s drinking very well right now, but will develop more complexity with 2-5 years in the cellar. 


- Jackie McLachlan, Wine Steward

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