Township 7 Vineyards and Winery 2006 The Black Dog - 89+pts

Township 7 Vineyards and Winery 2006 Reserve Merlot (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Sold out
Cost: $35
Alcohol: 14.8%
Production: 54 cases
Date Tasted: November 22nd, 2010

Tasting Notes: The label may say "Reserve Merlot" but The Black Dog is really a proprietary blend assembled by Township 7's winemaker, Bradley Cooper, which comprises 44% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 1% Syrah (for good measure). Aged in new oak (both French and American) for a whopping 40 months, the wine reminds me of a Rioja Reserva crossed with old, worn furniture - great character, but a little rough around the edges.

The character comes from a wonderfully expressive nose of dark fruits, smoky oak, sweet fruit puree and a touch of mint. Loads of character on the dry palate as well with cigar box, leather, dark fruits and major oak flavours. The balance is a bit rough and leans towards the bitter end of the scale but certainly a unique wine worth sourcing. Drink 2011-2016.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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