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Howling Bluff Sin Ceratext

Howling Bluff Sin Cera 2012

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSumma Quies “Sin Cera”, meaning without wax, or sincere/truthful, is a bit of a right bank/St. Emilion style red made from a mix of merlot, malbec and petit verdot. I’m told the malbec was pulled out in favour of more pinot noir vines so I guess this is a collector-edition bottling. The fruit is decidedly fresh and red despite the 18 months it spends in one and two-year-old French oak. Winemaker Luke Smith gives this wine plenty of ageing in bottle as well to let the bright black cherry fruit evolve. The palate is fresh and smooth with savoury flecks of milk chocolate in the finish. Prime rib is a great choice to pair with it now, or cellar another three to five years.Tasted: 19 September 2016Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$25.00750mlwinery direct, VQA and private wine shops
Producer: Howling Bluff Estate WinesDistributors: Vinterra Wine Merchants
Bona Vini Wines Co.
Blend: Merlot - MalbecCSPC: 845420UPC: 626990194477