River Stone Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet/Merlot - 88pts

River Stone Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet/Merlot (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from winery here
Cost: $24
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 50 cases
Date Tasted: May 7th, 2013

Tasting Notes: Warm, round and inviting, this sweet smelling Cab-Merlot blend (50/50 split) opens with ripe blackberry and cassis aromas supported by toasted French oak and light mocha notes. The easy-going, smooth textured palate follows offering similar dark fruit and oak flavours plus an added herby-spice element framed by mild tannins. Though it finishes with a nice acidic kick to keep the wine from getting flabby, the finish is a bit short. Took a long while to open up in the glass and suggests another 6+ months of bottle age would do nicely. Drink late-2013-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013 IconWines.ca

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