Sandhill 2008 Small Lots Program Three - 88pts

Sandhill 2008 Small Lots Program Three (Oliver) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Limited. 2009 vintage now available here
Cost: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 7 barrels
Date Tasted: July 3rd, 2012

Tasting Notes: A unique blend of 43% Sangiovese, 29% Barbera, Merlot 14% and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, this Sandhill offering reminds me of a cross between a Washington State Super Tuscan and a British Columbia Carmenere. Plenty of tomato stock and black pepper notes mixed in with the red fruits and plum flavours and aromas. Finishes a bit tannic and acidic after a more cheerful start of warm, spicy plum flavours on the dry, medium+ bodied, ever-so-slightly under ripe palate.

Tastes like nothing else being made in BC presently. Whether that's a good thing or not is open for debate. Drink now-2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

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