River Stone Estate Winery 2010 Merlot - 88+pts

River Stone Estate Winery 2010 Merlot (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $19.90
Alcohol: 15%
Production: 133 cases
Date Tasted: April 21st, 2012

Tasting Notes: This Merlot, from the northern end of the Black Sage Bench, is the absolute perfect wine to pair with dark chocolate. 65% cocoa and up will showcase the nice blend of savoury spice and sweet blackberry fruit on offer. The tannins are tad rough but tend to enhance the rustic, terroir-driven character of this wine. Some vegetal notes are present on the dry palate, but the fruit is ripe and expressive. Good concentration, good balance, mouth-watering acid and a uniquely spicy presentation all for just under $20!

With another 6 months in the bottle this wine should really come into its own. Drink Fall 2012-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012 IconWines.ca

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