Mission Hill Estate Winery 2004 Oculus - 92-93pts
Availability: Sold out. Contact winery direct for library release
Cost: $90-100 est
Date Tasted: December 24th, 2010
Tasting Notes: Right Bank Bordeaux is served well in tribute with a brooding, Merlot driven blend (74% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot) with a dusty nose of dark fruit, toasted oak and licorice, but not in an organic, effortless way. An exceptional wine with powerful tannins and concentration, worthy of one's cellar, but one that it is slightly dishonest. The high tannins, crucial to longevity, seem a bit "by design" rather than a more natural by-product of the oak treatment and skin contact. Should your cellar already contain a bottle, I recommend another 2-3 more years before opening - an exceptional incubation time for a BC wine. Drink 2013+.
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