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Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus
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Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus 2001

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBig cassis, black pepper and spicy, saddle leather notes mix with tobacco, orange rind and vanilla pudding aromas. This is a rich, warm, youthful tannic red that will need time to blend its substantial cassis, olive, pepper, orange rind and herbal/leaf flavours. The style is lean and reserved but we know it will grow in the bottle much like the 2001 a wine whose mark we have recently upgraded based on its showing with an additional year in bottle. It was the first vintage with petit verdot added. The blend is 45/35/15/5 merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot; 16 months in 80 percent new French oak: 92 percent Osoyoos fruit, 8 percent Oliver.Tasted: 28 August 2003Tasted by: Anthony Gismondi and Stuart TobePrices: BC 35.00 Private Wine Shops AB 28.00 Fine Wine Boutiques MB 35.00 Restricted ON 35.00 Vintages and Consignmnet NB 32.27 Producer: Mission Hill Family EstateDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc - Petit VerdotCSPC: 572032UPC: 776545981103