Meritage, Clos du Soleil, Celestiale, Similkameen Valley VQA, BC, 2011, 13.4% abv.

Straight from the heart of the Similkameen Valley in BC’s Okanagan, a veritable desert (yes, I know – non-believers have a hard time with that – there is actually a desert in Canada), here we have a  Meritage wine.image

What exactly is a Meritage (rhymes with heritage)?  It’s the North American term for a classic red Bordeaux blend – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.  Each varietal brings something to the wine – structure and fruit, acidity, plush body, spice and pepper and something to fill in empty corners.

Deep ruby, there are inital aromas of cedar and fir which soften slightly as it opens, with intense black fruit – blackberry and cherry – leather, light vanilla, black pepper and minerality.

The palate is dry with medium ripe, slightly green tannins and average body and alcohol.  Acidity is medium plus.  Flavours show more blackberry and cherry with purple plum, leather, vanilla pod, and leather.

Balanced, layered, fruity and broad – WSET Very Good.

Check this link for a 2013 tasting note.

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