Inky dark in color with a lovely black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich bold black berries. This wine, like a lot of Oakanagan wines is a big wine. If you like soft, gentle elegant wines … eh give it ten years 🙂 On the long finish the wine displays some lovely firm velvety tanins, rich dryness and vibrant acidity that linger in the mouth. I would give this a solid 89+, but make sure you serve this with something equally rich! It’s not available in the LCBO but available from Mark Anthony for ~$60 a bottle in cases of 6. Did I mention Yumm?
From the winery’s web site:
The 2012 season started well and early Spring conditions were settled with a couple of chilly mornings, but no frost damage. Bud break was nearly on time, but June brought cooler weather with consistent, intermittent rainfall – nearly half of the normal annual precipitation. A warm and dry summer ensured ideal fruit development. The continuation of mild, sunny autumn weather allowed the grapes to develop thick skins and gave rise to expectations of flavourful, extracted wines.
The 2012 is distinctive, with black currant and Italian plum aromas and flavours up front, but also displays blackberry, with wild herb and star anise notes. Elegant and concentrated, this wine presents a core of fruit accented by youthful tannins that will soften in the short term.
Harvested October 2012 from Oliver (5%) and Osoyoss (95%) vineyards
Aging Aged in French oak barrels for 14 months
Alcohol % 14.2
TA 5.6 g/L
Bottling Date December 9, 2014
Production 103 barrels produced.