Fort Berens Estate Winery 2010 Meritage - 90pts

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2010 Meritage (Lillooet) Fraser Canyon - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $26.99
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 475 cases
Date Tasted: November 1st, 2012

Tasting Notes: What do you do when nature takes away heat units throughout a cool 2010 Summer and Fall? Well, for starters, you don't try and make the same wine you made the previous year when Summer heat waves sent brix levels soaring and delivered ripe, ripe tannins. You try and make the best wine you can with what nature provided and focus on the unique qualities of the vintage. For 2010, that was a longer than normal harvest period with mild Fall conditions allowing berries to hang on the vine into November, in some parts, contributing complex, savoury aromas and flavours like clove, pepper, apple seed and steely minerality. This blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc has plenty of classic dark berry and plum characters to compliment the austere elements making the 2010 Meritage is an intriguing contrast to the winery's ripe 2009 edition, and, equally impressive. Drink 2012-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

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