Stag's Hollow Winery 2010 Simply Noir - 87pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2010 Simply Noir (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $19.99
Alcohol: 14%
Production: 424 cases
Date Tasted: October th, 2011

Tasting Notes: The 2010 edition of Stag's Hollow's Simply Noir arrives as advertised delivering an easy-drinking, quality red wine at a good price ($19.99) that requires little to no contemplation to understand and enjoy. But, what's the fun in that? Lets delve a little deeper...

A unique blend of 38% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc and 30% Pinot Noir with the Merlot providing dark berry flavours and tannin structure, the Cab Franc providing flashy, aromatic character and the Pinot Noir rounding-out and lightening the palate creating a softer entry and contributing welcomed spice.

I found the 2010 more intriguing than the 2008 version with the switch to Cabernet Franc from Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Sealed with a synthetic cork, but the fresh nature of the blend screams for a Stelvin cap. Drink now-2013.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011