Silverback Vineyards 2010 Référence - 94+pts
Availability: Specialty listing. Winery website here
Production: 270 cases
Date Tasted: August 12th, 2012
Re-tasted: March 8th, 2013
Tasting Notes: From a barrel sample. When winemaker Charles Herrold worked at the Langley based Blackwood Lane winery (he left in 2010), two truly amazing, benchmark Canadian wines were produced under his direction: the 2006 and 2007 "Referènce". When deciding to go it alone and move his talents to Washington State, Herrold chose to recreate the essence of that ultra-premium blend and even elevate its execution (while correcting the spelling of the name).
The resulting wine is a familiar blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec with Herrold's signature concentrated-yet-gentle and endlessly-layered graphite and dark fruit flavour profile. Classic Meritage berry fruit and savoury, gun powder and Christmas cake spice flavours add complexity to the finely tuned oak treatment and proprietary yeast program that Herrold employs. Ultra fine tannins and perfect acidity levels create a wine for enjoying in its youth or for aging 15+ years. Drink 2013-2025+.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012 IconWines.ca
Re-tasting Notes: Now bottled and soon to be released, the Référence is showing its youth and needs a bit more time to unwind and integrate. Potential for further development remains grand and worthy of a cozy corner of your cellar. Drink mid-2013-2025+.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013 IconWines.ca