Cellar Hand 2011 Punch Down Red - 88pts

Cellar Hand 2011 Punch Down Red (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Widely available at BCLDB stores and private wine shops
Cost: $20
Alcohol: 14.2%
Date Tasted: October 5th, 2013

Tasting Notes: 'Cellar Hand' is the second label of Black Hills Estate Winery and aims to create drink-now wines, appropriate for passing the time while you wait for your coveted caché of Nota Bene to mature. This blend of 45% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah and 11% Cabernet Franc offers sweet aromas of ripe cherry, spicy plum and mixed-berry fruit with Christmas sugar cookie and light oak notes rounding out the pleasant nose.

The palate is easy-going with smooth, light tannins, ripe berry and plum fruit flavours and a kick of both cooking spice and field berry acidity on the moderate finish. A wine to be enjoyed with friends with or without dinner. Drink now-2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013 IconWines.ca

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