Upper Bench Estate Winery 2013 Yard Wine - 88-90pts

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2013 Yard Wine (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $30
Alcohol: 14.7%
Production: 292 cases
Date Tasted: February 24th, 2016

Tasting Notes: A robust and rustic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, co-fermented and aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak prior to bottling. Needs ample decanting before the nose opens up to reveal layers of brambly dark fruit, sweetened soil and vanilla-chocolate toast. The palate is big and nasty with lingering, blueberry pur
ée and chocolate-covered coffee bean flavours, lip-smacking acidity and grippy tannins that edge towards raspy.

Needs another year of cellaring to integrate and mellow the %@#&-out. Drink 2017-2019.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 IconWines.ca

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