Painted Rock Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon - 91pts

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Skaha Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Contact winery here
Cost: $40
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: November 26th, 2012

Tasting Notes: The winemaking team at Painted Rock know how to construct the bouquet of their wines using carefully attuned vineyard practices and a thoughtful (and expensive) oak program. The resulting wines express varietal, terroir and vintage characteristics wrapped lovingly in the sweet, vanilla-spice embrace of French oak. Divine.

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is no different, reflecting the cooler ripening season with its menthol-herbal notes and classic Cabernet aromas of cassis, blackberry and cola. Sweet black licorice, cocoa powder and light tobacco aromas add complexity while slate and wet stone notes add a sense of place.

The youthful palate is not quite as complex as the nose with a leaner texture than the ultra-ripe 2009 version, yet, the balance, length and depth remain well executed and an absolute pleasure to enjoy. Serve this beauty with an assortment of fine, high-cocoa chocolate, a notebook and a Thesaurus opened to the page featuring synonyms for delicious. Drink 2012-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

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