2010 Mission Hill Quatrain

I had the absolute pleasure of being invited to the Marc Anthony portfolio tasting where this wine was being poured. I enjoyed it so much I bought a case. And then took one of the bottles to my family Christmas gathering. There are some real wine gurus in my family so I choose the wines I take carefully. Dark in color with a lovely nose of dark and red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely red berries, cherries and some black berries. There’s some nice chocolate notes as well. On the long finish the wine displays firm tannins, typical of Okanagan wines. Right out of the bottle the tannins were a little over powering. The wine is a little young. After about an hour of breathing they had died down nicely leaving some firm tannins, some nice complexity and some nice long dryness. This is a lovely well made wine. I would give it a solid 90. If you have folks that don’t get a chance to try BC wines this is an excellent choice. It rarely comes to the LCBO to order by the 6 bottle case from Marc Anthony for $39.95 delivered to your door. Yummm. Be sure and serve it with a hearty dish to hold up to this wine! If your looking for a smooth easy drinking wine … look elsewhere, wimps need not apply 🙂

From the winery’s web site:
2010 Quatrain A Quatrain is a poem or stanza that is always composed of four lines.

This 2010 hallmark wine is similarly composed of four grape varieties:
Merlot 40%, Syrah 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Cabernet Franc 20%.

The grapes were selected from the best blocks within our estates in Osoyoos and Oliver. They were hand harvested, hand sorted, and gravity filled in small lots to French oak fermenters. After extended maceration, the free run wine and a portion of lightly basket pressed wine was aged separately in a selection of 100% French oak barrels for 12 months.

The 2010 Quatrain is an elegant wine, boasting red berry, black cherry, eucalyptus and cedary spice aromas and flavours. Syrah adds a juicy-fleshy texture to this uncommon blend, lending a seamless profile of ripe fruit, dark chocolate and spice to the gutsy structure of the three dominating Bordeaux varietals.

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