Black Hills Estate Winery 2014 Carmenere - 89pts

Black Hills Estate Winery 2014 Carmenere (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Limited. Direct from the winery here
Cost: $49.50 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.8%
Date Tasted: May 15th, 2016

Tasting Notes: This peppercorn-spiced Carmenere is sold exclusively to the winery's share holders and wine club members due to its ultra small-lot production. Just over 4 acres of the Bordeaux varietal are planted between the winery's two Black Sage Bench vineyards. 

This early-to-mid-range drinker opens with a wall of pepper spice on its lustful, perfumed nose with sweet, cured meat, tomato stock and mixed-berry aromas adding depth. Rich, berry-cream and mocha-chocolate characters dominate the entry, followed by some fruity-flabbiness mid-palate, then boysenberry acidity livens-up the peppercorn-infused finish. Drink late-2016-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016 

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