Black Hills Estate Winery 2008 Carmenere - 89-90pts

Black Hills Estate Winery 2008 Carmenere (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Limited. Sold out at winery.
Cost: $50-55
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 150 cases
Date Tasted: July 2nd, 2010

Tasting Notes: The only one of its kind, this estate grown BC Carmenere is a head turner - or better, a nose turner. The bouquet reminds one of a savoury and earthy fine Italian wine, rather than a spicy Chilean Carmenere. Aromas of coffee grounds, stewed tomato, tar and raspberry with prominent vegetal notes. Truly unique in BC and very intriguing.

On the palate is where the classic spicy Carmenere characteristics announcement themselves with a roar. Excellent concentration of white pepper, plum and coffee ground flavours with medium tannin and acidity. A lovely, long and balanced finish with lingering spice completes the experience - a truly unique experience. Drinking well now, but could do with another year of aging for further development. 2011-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010 (with Hugh Carter)

BTW - Fans of this wine can rejoice. The winery's production of their estate grown Carmenere should take a sizeable jump up in years to come after a successful grafting program (some Chardonnay vines got the chop).

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