Seven Stones Winery 2007 Standing Rock Meritage - 91pts

Seven Stones Winery 2007 Standing Rock Meritage (Cawston) Similkameen Valley

Availability: Direct from winery. VQA stores.
Cost: $31.99
Alcohol: 14.4%
Date Tasted: June 27th, 2010

Tasting Notes: The Similkameen Valley is the (not-so) hidden gem of a region directly east of the Southern Okanagan Valley. Slightly greener and more temperate the valley, none-the-less, has an ideal continental climate for growing European grape varieties, both Germanic whites and French reds. The fruit for the Standing Rock Meritage is completely estate grown in a beautiful 20 acre bench above the valley floor with a soil profile of sandy loam, limestone and clay.

A Merlot-heavy blend (60%) with big berry and ripe plum flavours aged for 17 months in French oak. The 35% Cabernet Sauvignon adds a firm, yet gentle structure of tannins and the 5% Cabernet Franc rounds out the nose with light floral aromas. The French oak imparts flavours and aromas of cedar, pencil shavings, vanilla and a subtle spiciness that lingers on the palate for a good 30+ seconds.

This is a beautiful and elegant wine with good concentration and complexity. Very well priced at under $35. Drink now through 2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010

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