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Bartier Bros. Merlot
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Bartier Bros. Merlot 2011

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaGrapes for this merlot/cabernet franc blend come from the warm west sloping Cerqueira Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, a benefit for a full bodied red blend in a cool vintage like 2011. Gravels, dark cocoa, blackberry and subtle thorn aromas are the entry to this potent palate, unfined and unfiltered for additional complexities. Wild blackberries, black cherries, dark florals and thorny brambles are layered on structured and downy tannins, trailing off to bitter cherry, branch and strong black espresso on the finish. Fresh acidity carries the robust fruit, welcoming pairing to flank steak and herbed frites.Tasted: 26 May 2015Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 27.00 winery direct, VQA shops Producer: Bartier Bros.Distributors: Winery Direct
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Blend: Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 418673UPC: 626990162704