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Laughing Stock Vineyards Portfolio +03/10
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Laughing Stock Vineyards Portfolio +03/10 2016

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIn 2016, the Portfolio mix is 51 merlot, 24 cabernet sauvignon, 20 cabernet franc, 4 malbec and one percent petit verdot split between the three Naramata Bench sites and the Perfect Hedge Vineyard in Osoyoos. It’s fermented in a mix of stainless and oak followed by 20 months ageing in French oak, 33 percent of which was new, and 67 percent second use. Far better balanced in 2016, but still offering wild black fruits flecked with a savoury mix of garrigue, black pepper and vanilla. Impressive and just a baby, this is one to watch. Portfolio is all about the blend, in this case encompassing 100 barrels and 12 vineyard blocks across 5 grape varietals. The last few years Portfolio has really upped its elegance quotient, pursuing the secrets of tannin management and turning the gritty and unrefined into the silky, dense and sweet, adding texture and weight without any hardness. It’s the kind of structure that dupes you into thinking you could drink it now rather than weight a decade, and frankly you can do both.Tasted: 17 September 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 49.99 winery direct, VQA and private wine shops ON 53.00 LCBO AB 53.00 Producer: Laughing Stock VineyardsDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
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Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc - Malbec - Petit VerdotCSPC: 105353UPC: 850451002104