Gold Hill Winery 2012 Family Reserve Meritage - 90pts

Gold Hill Winery 2012 Family Reserve Meritage (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from winery here
Cost: $34.90
Alcohol: 14.3%
Date Tasted: September 20th, 2014

Tasting Notes: A nice entry into the popular 'big-blend' category for the Golden Mile-based winery from the Southern Okanagan. A sweetly scented, feminine nose billows from the glass with engaging, blackberry, cassis, raspberry seeds, pine needles, sweet pipe tobacco, vanilla-mocha and French oak aromas. 
The blend is 33% Merlot and equal parts Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented to a nearly dry level where just a kiss of residual sugar lingers and helps enhance the fullness of the palate where the focus is on robust, dark fruit flavours with light savoury notes playing 2nd fiddle. Tannins are ripe and supportive but could use a little more bite. Enjoy now and over the next 3-4 years. Pair with BBQ'd sticky ribs. Drink now-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright Icon Wines 2014

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