Kettle Valley Winery 2006 Old Main Red - 90pts

Kettle Valley Winery 2006 Old Main Red (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery.

Cost: $34.90

Alcohol: 14.5%

Date Tasted: September 22nd, 2009

Tasting Notes: The Old Main Red from Naramata producer Kettle Valley is the winery's take on a Bordeaux-style blend and it is a winner. The deep garnet coloured charmer is elegant on the nose and palate and has a long, balanced finish.

On the nose this Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc heavy blend shows dark fruit, tomato stalk, barnyard and some floral notes. On the palate you will taste developing flavours of cassis, leather, pencil shavings, some light vanilla highlights. Aged for 20 months in French Oak, the tannins and acids are well-structured; present yet integrated. Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec grapes, grown on the winery's "Old Main" and "King Drive" vineyards, complete the final blend.

You will find this wine on the lists of many top BC restaurants and wine bars but to purchase a bottle you will have to contact the winery directly. The Old Main Red is showing well now but will develop further in the bottle over the next 2-3 years. - LC

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