Young and Wyse Collection 2008 Merlot - 87pts

Young and Wyse Collection 2008 Merlot (Osoyoos East Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Sold out at the winery. Some VQA stores may still have some
Cost: $19.90
Alcohol: 14.1%
Production: 1000 cases
Date Tasted: October 3rd, 2010

Tasting Notes: Bottled in October 2009 after 11 months in oak (80% French and 20% American), this lush Merlot made from Osoyoos East Bench fruit was released shortly there after. Far too soon, but likely, out of necessity as the Young and Wyse Collection's first vintage needed to get to market. I decided to hold on to my bottle for an extra year of aging. If you did as well, then you are reaping the rewards of patience as the extra year has settled the wine and allowed it to open up.

Dark ruby in colour with an intense nose of dark berries, mocha, dark chocolate, vanilla and spice. Continuity of flavours follows through to the dry palate with added notes of warm gravel and tart acidity. Ripe tannins frame a chalky-textured mouth feel. Toasted oak and spice box flavours linger on the moderate finish who's balance is just a touch hot. Pair with food like grilled meats or peppered dark chocolate. Drink 2010-2012.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010

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