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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Painted Rock Red Icontext
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Painted Rock Red Icon 2014

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is the best Icon yet from Painted Rock and while it may pain conservative Bordeaux consultant Alain Sutre it is the most hedonistic. While the tannins are Pomerol-like, the explosive savoury, black/boysenberry fruit and sagebrush of the Okanagan Valley stoke the mid-palate giving it a Bolgheri/Uco Valley sheen that holds your interest in way most New World merlot blends do not. Most won’t mind the lack of complexity at this point but ageing this bottle a decade may give it a chance to score on that point too. The 2014 blend is 33 percent merlot, 21 cabernet franc, 19 malbec, 16 petit verdot and only 11 percent cabernet sauvignon. Magic, and there is a hefty 1153 cases produced.Tasted: 31 March 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 47.79 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Painted Rock Estate WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot - MalbecCSPC: 468900UPC: 626990105824