Fort Berens Estate Winery 2011 Meritage - 89-90pts

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2011 Meritage (Lillooet) Fraser Canyon - BC

: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $28
Alcohol: 13.4%
Production: 743 cases
Date Tasted: October 15th, 2013

Tasting Notes: For 2011, Fort Berens' Meritage starts a new chapter for the Lillooet-based winery with the inclusion of estate grown fruit for the first time. Grapes from both the Fraser Canyon home vineyard and from the famed Sundial vineyard along the Black Sage Bench were sourced for this year's blend of 47% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Cabernet Franc which delivers warm, mixed-berry, plum, crushed violet and mineral aromas enveloped by complimentary oak and light spice notes. (nailed it!)

The dry palate is alive with wild berry acidity and flavours. Fine, forgiving tannins frame the fruit nicely and linger through to the spicy, long and well-balanced finish. 6 more months in the bottle will do wonders for this wine, but I don't anticipate a lengthy cellar life due to the youthful Lillooet vines and synthetic cork enclosure. Enjoy this blend as you're waiting for other wines to mature. Drink mid-2014-2016.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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