Upper Bench Estate Winery 2012 Estate Merlot - 91-92pts

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2012 Estate Merlot (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 154 cases
Date Tasted: February 17th, 2015

Tasting Notes: This is the 2nd Merlot label released from Upper Bench for the 2012 vintage, sourced from the Naramata Bench winery's home vineyard, this 'estate' edition is distinguishable from its multi-vineyard blend cousin by the appearance of sweet, cured meats on the vanilla, spice and dark berry infused nose. 

The influence of 20 months in 30% new French oak barrels manifests on the dry, textured palate, as subtle layers of spice, vanilla, mocha and pipe tobacco that blend effortlessly with dark fruit and minerals flavours and the fine, cool tannins.

Enjoy this wine today, with proper decanting, though, some cellar time of 2-4 years will foster further development. Drink 2016-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2015 IconWines.ca

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