Merlot, Upper Bench Estate Winery, Okanagan Valley VQA, BC, 2012, 14.3% abv, C$26

DSCF2860I visited this winery in mid-August 2015 on the day they were actually harvesting Chardonnay for sparkling wine out back.  Yes, in August!

While I had real trouble getting the attention of those behind the bar for tastings, eventually I managed to leave with a variety of bottles.

On the eyes, this one is deep ruby with blueberry, sandalwood, pine and crushed rock aromas.

The palate is dry with medium acidity and grippy tannins.  Flavours show more blueberry and boysenberry, pine and eucalyptus, all offset by great minerality.  Near the end of the evening, it opened up with some tropical coconut.

WSET Good – this is a layered and tasty wine, but with slightly hot alcohol.  Located just outside of Penticton on the Naramata Bench, they have a great creamery as well where their handmade cheeses are crafted.

Photo credit: Mike Woods Photography

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