River Stone Estate Winery 2009 Corner Stone - 89-91pts

River Stone Estate Winery 2009 Corner Stone (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $28.50
Alcohol: 14.6%
Production: 349 cases
Date Tasted: April 29th, 2012

Tasting Notes: An intense and robust blend of 49% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc that offers both ripe, mixed berry fruit and savoury, spicy licorice notes on the refreshing nose and bright palate. Still quite youthful, this well-balanced blend has all the qualities one desires in an age-worthy wine: strong yet fine tannins, mouth-watering but not sharp acidity and enough complexity to suggest further evolution. Drink late-2012-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012 IconWines.ca

On a side note: The winery makes a lovely Cabernet Franc and a unique Merlot as well which suggests that a Right Bank, Cheval Blanc-type of blend may be very successful for the Black Sage Bench firm.

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