Painted Rock Estate Winery 2008 Merlot - 91+pts

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2008 Merlot (Skaha Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $40
Alcohol: 13.8%
Date Tasted: April 20th, 2011

Tasting Notes: This intense and age worthy Merlot spends 18 months in new French oak prior to bottling. The oak gives structure to the fine tannins and adds nice vanilla and spice notes to the enchanting nose of dark berries, plum, anise and mocha. The concentrated, dry palate is elegant with a refined texture, good acidity, strong continuity of flavours from the nose and a long finish with lingering spice. I recommend putting a few of these beauties away in your cellar for 2-3 years of further development but if you can't wait be sure to decant for 2hrs+ before serving with a plate of fine dark chocolate. Drink 2012-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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