Monte Creek Ranch 2013 Hands Up Red - 85pts

Monte Creek Ranch 2013 Hands Up Red (Kamloops) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from winery here
Cost: $15.50 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 13.6%
Date Tasted: January 31st, 2016

Tasting Notes: Though a blend of hybrid and Bordeaux varieties, the Hands Up Red opens with a traditional, albeit muted, Cab-Merlot nose of cassis and blackberry aromas with a pleasant, susurrus of earthy, oak-spice in the background. 

The palate is a little less traditional with a palpable wildness to the blend of berry fruit, oak and dry herbs'n'spice. The backbone of this wine is its tangy, wild berry acidity, rather than its tannins, which are very light indeed. As recommended by the winery, the right pairing for this wine is BBQ Salmon. Drink 2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016

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