The 2007 vintage was an ideal growing season with consistent temperatures. There was above average rainfall in the month of June and some early fall cooling, but the balanced temperatures and warm fall brought new levels of complexity to this years reds. Our Merlot Reserve comes from a very specific block of 15 year old vines on the south end of the Golden Mile. Intense and rich flavours of blueberry and cherry with layers of smoke, black pepper and tobacco. Firm tannins frame the palate as the flavours transform into plum and blackberry with a very long finish of espresso and mocha. A truly impressive wine.
The calibre of fruit and style of winemaking have designed this wine to age gracefully for 10+ years.
Recommended Food Pairing:
Rich and intense flavours and textures will tame the power and intensity of this wine. A grilled rib eye over blue cheese polenta or lamb tagine with raisin and mint couscous will temper the tannins and add complexity to the flavours and finish.
Wine Press Northwest
"Our 2008 British Columbia Winery to Watch is cropping its grapes to tiny levels - at times just a ton per acre - to gain every bit of concentration it can out of its fruit. In this case, the wine reveals aromas of tar, chocolate, red raspberries and even beets, followed by plush flavors of blueberries and pie cherries. Gripping tannins back all the fruit, leading us to believe it could age nicely for another few years or pair nicely in the near term with a sirloin steak."