Intrigue Wines 2010 Merlot - 86+pts

Intrigue Wines 2010 Merlot (Lake Country) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $19.90
Alcohol: 14.9%
Date Tasted: August 6th, 2012

Tasting Notes: This is a fairly easy-drinking Merlot that reminds me of a youthful Pinot Noir in some ways with mild tannins, medium body and lively acid on the fruit forward palate. Though, the nose is pure BC Merlot with loads of mixed berry fruit aromas and light sage brush notes.

A food friendly wine that would pair best with lean cuts of meat - nothing too fatty. Dark berries, light oak, coffee grinds and sour huckleberry flavours make for a refreshing palate with a touch of residual sugar adding some texture before finishing dry - and a tad sharp.

Despite the low tannins, I do believe this Merlot would benefit from another 6-9 months of bottle aging, taking its drinking window into 2013. Some of the sharp elements should meld a bit more and yeild a better drink. Drink 2013-2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

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