Sandhill 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah - 90-91pts

Sandhill 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery. VQA Stores

Cost: $29.99

Alcohol: 14.5%

Date Tasted: January 28th, 2010

Tasting Notes: From Kelowna producer Sandhill's small lots program comes this fantastic and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon - Syrah blend (69% and 31% respectively). The intense nose of this inky-ruby coloured wine starts with Cabernet-cassis and finishes with Syrah-spice aromas with notes of smoky-oak . With 20 months of aging in American and French oak, the warm, full-bodied palate offers concentrated flavours of dark berries, vanilla and pepper with a long, balanced finish and excellent mouth feel.

This is a wine that can be enjoyed on its own but would pair nicely with either a savory, slightly sweet steak or with a desert course of peppered dark chocolate. Excellent tannin structure and good acidity will allow this wine to improve over the next two years, peaking in 2012. Enjoy now through 2016.
 - Liam Carrier

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