From British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley we have a Meritage from Sunrock Vineyards which is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The Okanagan does a splendid job with these grapes on a singe varietal basis so I expect that usual high quality in a blend! Unfortunately expectations can sometimes be shattered.
A lush and plush nose. Seems like Okanagan Merlot is showing its stuff. Blackberry, black cherry, blueberry and a bit of coconut courtesy of I am guessing some older American oak? On the palate you get what you got on the nose. Perfect balance of acids, tannins and oak with this wine. Really well put together. It is rich and full bodied with a moderately long finish. I really only eat meat a few times a year. I have not even grilled anything on the barbeque this year. Yes I admit at times I miss it but quite frankly a plant based diet is much better for your health and over the past few years digging deep I have discovered some very satisfying vegetarian dishes so I’ll say go ahead and have this with a steak or lamb and you’ll be well rewarded but tonight I had roasted squash, heirloom carrots and potatoes drizzled with olive oil and beer with red pepper flakes and maple syrup served over some basmati rice. Delicious and this wine would have suited it so well.
Another excellent wine from our neighbours in British Columbia. A veritable treasure trove of wines the world should experience.
(Sunrock Vineyards Red Meritage 2016, BC VQA Okanagan Valley, Sunrock Vineyards, Oliver, British Columbia, $34.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario #408392, 750 mL, 14.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me Rating 94/100)
We move lastly to a Monte Creek ranch 2017 Cabernet Merlot. A predominant nose of blackberry and blackberry all very clean and pure. On the palate noticeable tannins with Santa Rosa plum, black cherry and a hint of coffee. The finish is moderate. This is a right at you type of wine. I say it is made for food and my vote would be a vegetarian lasagna preferably with all local produce which unfortunately is months away but you can try it with the less than tasty California or Mexican produce. And canned Italian tomatoes.
(Monte Creek Ranch 2017 Cabernet Merlot, BC VQA, Monte Creek Ranch Winery, Monte Creek, British Columbia, $23.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario #15770, 750 mL, 14.4%, Robert K Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me Rating 86/100)