Stag's Hollow Winery 2012 Grenache - 91pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2012 Grenache (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from the winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $29.99
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 170 cases
Date Tasted: September 6th, 2013

Tasting Notes: Just in time for this year's International Grenache Day on September 20th, comes Stag's Hollow's release of a 100% Grenache wine, quite possibly BC's first ever such bottling. Originating from the warm and consistent 2012 vintage, drinking this Grenache is pure joy. Brimming with layers of aromatic flowers, sweet spice and a medley of ripe, red fruit aromas on the sensual and feminine nose. The palate offers amazing continuity - the wine truly tastes like it smells - rich, feminine and complex with concentrated red fruit creating the perception of light sweetness through to the long, balanced, rounded finish. Ready to be enjoyed now. Drink 2013-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

On a side note: Upon closer inspection you might notice what looks like an extra collar at the top of the bottle but it's actually the tell-tale sign of a Vino-lok enclosure, which you can be forgiven for not being familiar with as they are rather new to the BC market. Perhaps best described as a better-looking screwcap, the Vino-lok, a tight-fitting glass stopper, aims to seal the wine tight and lock in the freshness for fruit-forward wines. Though popular in Europe, the Vino-lok enclosure is rare in North America due to cost and limited availability of appropriate bottling equipment. (All 170 cases of the Stag's Hollow Grenache were sealed by hand.)

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