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Painted Rock Red Icontext
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16¼/20

Painted Rock Red Icon 2015

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI’m told they tried to manage the record heat in 2015 at PR but one sip of this giant wine would suggest it was a losing battle. This is a blockbuster red, albeit with a French sensibility, but it's not Skaha this year. The good news is if you love the Napa Valley style this is a poster child, from its rich dark cherry/black raspberry fruit to its roasted earth, cracked pepper and brown spice flavours that mark a sweet and bitter palate, as if the vines shut down too many days due to heat to physiologically fully ripen. Merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, petit verdot, cabernet sauvignon went into 30 percent French oak for 18 months. There will be a willing market for this style but after such a magnificent 2104, I long for the finesse and freshness that is an Okanagan hallmark. Hold mid-term, say five years, or drink now with a favourite cut of steak.Tasted: 24 April 2018Tasted by: Prices: 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