Herder Winery and Vineyards 2008 Meritage - 87pts

Herder Winery and Vineyards 2008 Meritage (Keremeos) Similkameen Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here. Select VQA stores
Cost: $20
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 770 cases
Date Tasted: October 14th, 2010

Tasting Notes: Although the blend is reminiscent of Right-Bank Bordeaux (70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot), the style is pure Okanagan. A nice combination of savory, earthy and fruity characters that avoids over-extracted tannins and concentration - an honest wine.

Aged in French and American oak for 16 months this is a great wine for those looking for a food-matching, BC Meritage around the $20 mark - one of the best at this price range. The wine opens with strong oak and savoury notes which are followed (and balanced) by bright, blackberry and cassis aromas. The dry palate offers good continuity from the nose with earthy flavours, medium tannins and food-friendly acidity. The overall balance is a touch tart and a touch hot which contributes to a greater perception of fullness in the mouth. That said, I must stress that for a "second" label (the winery also produces a top-end Meritage blend called Josephine) this is a quality wine at a good price. Drink 2010-2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010

Also see:
Herder Winery and Vineyards 2007 Twin Benches Chardonnay

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