Fort Berens Estate Winery 2008 Meritage - 88pts

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2008 Meritage (Lillooet) Fraser Canyon - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here and select VQA stores
Cost: $28
Alcohol: 14.2%
Production: 112 cases
Date Tasted: December 28th, 2010

Tasting Notes: A gorgeous nose of delicate dark fruit, blueberry pie, spice and aromatic flower aromas is followed by a dry, fruity palate of similar flavours within a supportive framing of toasted oak. Produced from southern Okanagan fruit, the blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc is aged in French and American oak for 18 months prior to bottling. The result is an easy-drinking, but far from "simple", wine which pairs well with food but can also be enjoyed on its own. Smooth tannins and medium-plus acidity will allow this wine to hold nicely for 2-3 years, but the synthetic cork enclosure will be adverse to further development in the bottle. Drink 2011-2013.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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