Fort Berens Estate Winery 2012 23 Camels Red - 87pts

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2012 23 Camels Red (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $22
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 323 cases
Date Tasted: April 30th, 2014

Tasting Notes: The latest vintage of Fort Berens' entry level red blend consists of 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Sundial vineyard, along the famed Black Sage Bench. It competes nicely with similar wines at the just-over-$20 price-point, with a generous nose of mixed berry, herbs, vanilla, toasted oak, warm earth and cardamom aromas. What the palate lacks in subtlety it makes up for in concentration and boldness. This is a mouth-watering red wine that hits your mouth with a vibrant splash of wild berry acidity and dark chocolate-coated cherry candy flavours and loads of spice on the finish.

A red blend to buy and enjoy that night; with dinner and friends. Drink now-2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014

On a side note. The playful name comes from a local legendary prospector who attempted to use 23 imported camels as packhorses during the BC gold rush of the 19th century. The camels only lasted a year, the legend, however, lives on.

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