Road 13 Winery and Vineyards 2005 Fifth Element - 91pts

Road 13 Winery and Vineyards 2005 Fifth Element (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Sold out
Cost: $35-40
Alcohol: 13.7%
Date Tasted: December 14th, 2010

Tasting Notes: From the cellar... Originally released under the Black Arts banner from Golden Mile Cellars (now Road 13 Winery and Vineyards) this unique blend of 65% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc has an appealing, fragrant bouquet of dark berries, cherry, rich oak and spice aromas. The dry palate has aged effortlessly and shows no signs of peaking soon. The silky texture of juicy, ripe berry flavours gives way to fine tannins and strong acidity that propels a lingering finish of spice and savoury oak. This is both a delicate and meaty, fruit-forward red blend that is drinking beautifully now and will last for some time to come. Drink 2011-2014.

A quick comment on the labeling. Though I love the re-branding that Golden Mile Cellars went through to become Road 13, I do miss the old Black Arts printed bottles branding that the winery used on their top-end wines. The graphics were very attractive and properly separated the wines from the lower-level varietal releases and blends. Maybe Road 13 will go back to something similar one day.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010

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