Painted Rock Estate Winery 2010 Red Icon - 93-94pts

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2010 Red Icon (Skaha Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from winery here
Cost: $55
Alcohol: 14.5%
Date Tasted: June 1st, 2013

Tasting Notes: For the 2010 edition, Painted Rock are taking their time releasing their flagship red blend and having finally tasted it I can now appreciate why. Not yet released, it's a seductive beast that, despite its "cool vintage" provenance, is altogether, big, brawny and supremely delicate. It's also very youthful despite being already 3 years of age. The wine tasted better, more complete, on the second night, which (helps) suggest a lengthy drinking window of 2015-2020 to fully appreciate the future development on the concentrated, raw dark fruit and oak treatment elements when they will meld into the seductive bouquet one has learned to expect from the Skaha Bench vineyard.

The 2010 sees 39% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot, 11% Malbec and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon blended to produce an aromatic nose of dark berries, violets, mint, licorice, cedar and dark chocolate aromas while the dry palate charms with intense dark fruit puree flavours supported by fine tannins, mouth-watering acidity, warm earth and toasted oak notes. So well balanced and memorable - a true icon and destined to become the next must-have, collectible cult wine of BC. Drink 2015-2020+.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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