Blackwood Lane 2008 Vicuna Roja - 88pts

Blackwood Lane 2008 Vicuna Roja (Langley) Fraser Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery
Cost: $24
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: March 19th, 2011

Tasting Notes: A unique blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Malbec, the Blackwood Lane 2008 Vicuna Roja makes for an excellent "entry" wine for a winery who's portfolio boasts some of the most expensive wines in Canada. Should you visit the Langley-based winery with the goal of trying the cult favourites Alliance or The Reference but choose not to part with your cash, the Vicuna Roja will be much more than a token purchase or consolation prize.

This easy-drinking and charming wine offers decent complexity and mouth feel with intense characters of plum, cherry, cedar, spice and oak. The balance is slightly tart making it an excellent choice to spice-up a food pairing of roasted red meats. Very approachable now but will cellar for another 5 years. Drink 2011-16.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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