Availability: Now. Released September 1st, 2009. Direct from winery and select private stores.
Cost: $29.90 (Direct from winery)
Date Tasted: September 22nd, 2009
Tasting Notes: Meant in the most positive of ways, this wine was easily the most unique offering tasted at the Naramata Bench Wineries Association's "Simply Red" event. Winemaker Robert Van Westen has crafted an intriguing wine made of 67% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Franc with massive tannins on the palate. Although the tannins do overpower the finish at present, they do not smother the complex flavours of cassis, coffee, chocolate, plums and dark cherries. With a few years of aging this wine will could very well evolve from intriguing to sensational. - LC