Seven Stones Winery 2007 Standing Rock Meritage - 91pts
Availability: Direct from winery. VQA stores.
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