Stag's Hollow Winery 2010 Heritage Block - 89pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2010 Heritage Block (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from the winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $24.99
Alcohol: 14.1%
Production: 875 cases
Date Tasted: May 23rd, 2013

Tasting Notes: The latest edition of the Heritage Block, Stag's Hollow Winery's red Meritage blend is amazingly consistent - almost indignant towards the fluctuating vintage conditions thanks to careful attention during the early parts of the winemaking process where extraction occurs and during the final assemblage which, for 2010, sees 60% Merlot (rich in mixed berry fruit) supported by 23% Cabernet Franc (adding lovely floral and perfumed aromas) and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon (adding tannin structure and overall umph). Aged in American and French oak barrels, the finished wine imbues elements of both with dark chocolate, toasted wood and light spice notes which linger on the the long-ish, balanced finish.

Although a "Bordeaux style" blend, the Heritage Block has always been quite New World-y in its approach to showcasing the rich and vibrant fruitiness of the classic combination of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Thus, the decision to switch to a screw cap enclosure for 2010, which tends to lock-in the fruit characters longer than cork while still supporting the wine's evolution, makes total sense and better positions the wine mid-tier in the winery's portfolio.

Ready to be enjoyed today and over the next 3+ years with careful cellaring. Drink 2013-2016.
  - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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