Blackwood Lane 2006 Alliance - 94pts

Blackwood Lane 2006 Alliance (Langley) Fraser Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery. Private fine wine shops

Cost: $60-75

Alcohol: 14.3%

Date Tasted: August , 2009

Tasting Notes: Winner of Icon Wines' "Wine of the Year" award for 2009, this Bordeaux-style red blend is a phenomenal wine full of complexity and flavour.

Produced from Southern Okanagan valley grapes, this meritage blend of 58.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 12.5% Cabernet Franc offers youthful aromas of cassis, vanilla, dark fruits and leather. The smooth-as-silk palate offers youthful flavours of cassis, plums, chocolate, roasted coffee beans and cooking spice. This wine has near-perfect acidity and tannin structure which will allow it to age beautifully for 10-15 years - outstanding for a wine from British Columbia.

Despite the aging potential, the wine is approachable now and could be served comfortably on its own or with a fine cut of red meet or lamb in a simple, savoury sauce. This premium Canadian wine will be one to watch as its distribution and reputation increases. - LC

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