Availability: Widely available. BCLDB Stores. VQA Stores. The Wine Emporium.
Date Tasted: December 25th, 2009
Tasting Notes: Another winner from Okanagan Falls producer See-Ya-Later-Ranch. This Vincor-owned Estate Winery produces an impressive flight of whites and reds that successfully find the delicate balance between quality, drinkability and price. This Bordeaux inspired blend is no exception. A mixture of 57% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc, this wine offers you pleasant and welcoming aromas of dark cherries, nibs, vanilla and licorice. On the palate you will find an impressive continuity of flavours from the nose: dark cherries, nibs and the vanilla with added oak references and high tannins and acid.
With the prominent presence of the tannins and acid I will be curious to see how this wine ages as it is enclosed with a Stelvin cap which slows down aging to a crawl - to the degree that some believe no aging occurs (but the jury is still out on the agability of screw-top enclosed wines). It has the taste of a wine that needs further aging, even when given the full two-hour decanting, Venturi-pour and Eisch "Breathable Glass" treatment. My suggestion is to open the wine and the reseal a full day in advance of serving it as I found it drinking more "complete" the second day. Drink 2009-2012 (but maybe much longer). - LC