Painted Rock Estate Winery 2012 Merlot - 91-92pts

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2012 Merlot (Skaha Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from the winery here and select VQA stores
Cost: $40
Alcohol: 14.8%
Date Tasted: October 23rd, 2014

Tasting Notes: Not so much as improves on the outstanding 2011 vintage, but rather, dials up the intensity of certain elements, like the robust tannins and dense blackberry pur
ée on the nose and palate, thanks to the hotter growing season which delivered more sun and heat units for the vineyard team to work with.

Sweet berry fruit, licorice, vanilla, spices, cocoa, French oak and lifted floral aromas creating a layered, expressive, feminine nose worth quaffing for hours. The palate is intense, yet, refined and well balanced with rich dark fruit supported by savoury flavours and finishes with vibrant acidity and a kick of spice that lingers through to the next sip.

Enjoy now with a lengthy decant or file away in your cellar for further development. Drink 2015-2022.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014

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