I’m on a BC roll. We attended a BC Wine event put on by Global wine tour. After tasting this one at the event I ran out grabbed 5 of them. This is a lovely Merlot. Some varietal nose and tastes although not the smoothest Merlot. It has a lovely medium to long finish with a good amount of dryness. The wine is deep purple in color. We paired this to a BBQd steak (chocolate brownies and truffles for dessert) and it went well. So well we polished off the whole bottle! Good Merlots are hard to find and this a good one. I would give it a 90-91. Yummy … We decanted this one for 1/2 hour and I would recommend it. The wine had a slight bit of bitterness out of the bottle that quickly passed. More than 1/2 hour and you could loose some of the distinctiveness of the wine.
There are not a lot of Okanagan wines that make it to Ontario so jump on them when you can. They are distinctive wines with lots of character.
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From the LCBO web site:
JACKSON-TRIGGS OKANAGAN ESTATE PROPRIETORS’ GRAND RESERVE MERLOT 2005
VINTAGES 643445 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 24.95
Wine, Red Wine, 13.8% Alcohol/Vol.This is a VQA wine
Made in: British Columbia, Canada By: Vincor International Inc. – B.C.
Release Date: Jan 31, 2009
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate was named Winery of the Year at the Wine Access 2008 Canadian Wine Awards. This flavourful Merlot is a testament to their commitment to quality, showcasing ripe black fruit and spicy notes, with a lovely plush texture and a long, fine finish. A winner with prime rib.