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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Hester Creek Garland
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16¾/20

Hester Creek Garland 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis estate red was named after Hester Creek owner Curt Garland, and celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the original planting of vinifera vines in 1968. The limited-edition Bordeaux-style blend is a mix of old vine cabernet franc Block 3 (54 percent) and old vine merlot Block 2 (32 percent) with lesser amounts of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and malbec. The 2015 growing season was one of the warmest on record, but at only 13.9 percent alcohol the Garland has taken a much drier, firmer path toward a balanced course. Look for spicy, black cherry with an undercurrent of cloves, cedar and dried herbs. The tannins are rounded, and the finish dry and spicy. Lamb would be a perfect match at this point, or hold another five years in the cellar.Tasted: 23 August 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 60.00 winery direct, wine club Producer: Hester Creek Estate WineryDistributors: Peacock and Martin Wine Merchants
Blend: Cabernet Franc - Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot - MalbecCSPC: 145362UPC: 626990222118