La Frenz Winery 2014 Grand Total Reserve (Okanagan Valley) BC
Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $40-45 + taxes
Date Tasted: July 16th, 2017
Re-tasted: December 31st, 2019
Tasting Notes: Built for the long-haul, with excellent concentration and refined, youthful tannins, this blend of 42% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc delivers an intense and powerful nose of dark fruits, menthol, Christmas spices, toasted oak with a hint of sweetness emanating from the ripe fruit aromas. The palate keeps to the robust-meets-restraint formula for this label with similar characters as the nose and additional, charming notes of mocha, leather and tangy, brambly berries. Excellent length in the finish where spices linger through to the next sip.
Put this one away for another 2-3 years to make the most of your investment. Drink 2019-2024+.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca
Re-tasting Notes: Has aged well to this point, but the development ceiling feels as though it has been reached. Youthful tannins have mellowed, as expected, and thankfully, the menthol notes have not faded away and still add depth and intrigue. Overall fruit profile has shifted a bit towards candied from its more brambly beginings. Drink now-2022.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2020 IconWines.ca