Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Mission Hill Reserve Merlottext

Mission Hill Reserve Merlot 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Mission Hill Reserve series is actually a 'reserve' wine made with the top 15% of fruit picked from estate vineyards only. Over the years winemakers John Simes, and now Darryl Brooker, have been returning to some 75% of the same vineyard blocks to ensure vintage to vintage consistency. I could say a lot about this merlot, the fruit is fragrant and forward, the textures lush and mouth-filling in that merlot way with judicious oak ageing but more than anything it is the best merlot we have tasted under $26 in the country. We say merlot, but the addition of 10 percent cabernet franc may be the secret weapon here. Just a tug of tannins suggests you could age this another year or two in bottle, but a grilled steak would smooth all that out today. Impressive.Tasted: 10 October 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
Producer: Mission Hill Family EstateDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 772244UPC: 776545995117