Stag's Hollow Winery 2011 Heritage Block - 90pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2011 Heritage Block (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from the winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $24.99
Alcohol: 13.8%
Production: 1405 cases
Date Tasted: October 9th, 2013

Tasting Notes: Oh, to sit in on a blending session at Stag's Hollow Winery as they craft their always tasty Heritage Block, piece-by-piece, lot-by-lot. The 2011 edition sees 56% Merlot (smoky, mixed berry fruit) and 37% Cabernet Franc (providing the lovely floral and perfumed aromas) supported by 7% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in American and French oak barrels for 18 months. The resulting wine is both fruity and serious with a smooth, sultry textured mid-palate and a long, mouth-watering finish with lingering spice and blackberry flavours.

Many argue that winemaking is a vocation, not an art form. And they may be right, at a high level, but one duty all winemakers perform, the blending, or assemblage, of multiple lots of wines together to make something greater than the sum of its parts, can be performed with such creativity and attention to detail that I can think of no better words to describe it. In the hands of some, blending is an art form and Stag's Hollow is lucky to have winemaker Dwight Sick in residence.

Enjoy this artfully constructed blend now and over the next 3-5 years. Drink 2013-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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