Stag's Hollow Winery 2014 Renaissance Grenache - 92pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2014 Renaissance Grenache (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from the winery here, BCLDB and VQA stores
Cost: $40
Alcohol: 14.8%
Production: 50 cases
Date Tasted: October 18th, 2015

Tasting Notes: This is the 3rd single-variety release of Grenache for Stag's Hollow but the first to be elevated to the winery's reserve-tier of wines called Renaissance. Picks-up right where the previous two vintages left off (2012, 2013) and nudges the bar ahead, i
n terms of ripeness, complexity and refinement thanks to a near perfect growing season in 2014.

The sensual, feminine nose is what makes this wine so memorable with layers of crushed flowers, perfumed incense, cooking spices, sweet cola bottle candy and a medley of ripe, red fruit aromas. Divine. Truly a nose you can enjoy for hours, despite its youthfulness. 

When you do finally take a sip, you'll find a rich and bright palate with excellent length and continuity from the nose and just the faintest hint of residual sugar. Fine, smoky tannins and huckleberry acidity frame the ripe, juicy, red fruit and funky, savoury flavours. Christmas cake candied fruit and spices linger on the long finish.

Ready to be enjoyed now and should hold for many years. Drink 2015-2022.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2015

On a side note: The wine is sealed with a Vino-lok enclosure, a tight-fitting, glass stopper, that aims to lock in the freshness for fruit-forward wines such as this Grenache. Though popular in Europe, the Vino-lok enclosure is rare in North America due to cost and limited availability of appropriate bottling equipment.

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