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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Van Westen Vineyards V
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Van Westen Vineyards V 2015

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe 15 V, Roman numeral five, is a blend of five Naramata grapes from two vineyards all within 2km from the winery. The 49/17/16/9/9/ merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot come together in this sweet, spicy, floral black-fruited red that finishes long and warm with savoury balsamic notes. It’s the 7th release of this label, and while it's intense, it’s lost a bit of its sophistication in what was a very warm growing season and where the alcohol tends to dominate. My advice is wait a decade to see if it can pull it all togethe,r or enjoy now with a rare steak or leg of lamb.Tasted: 19 October 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 35.00 winery direct, private wine shops, restaurants Producer: Van Westen VineyardsDistributors: Winery Direct
Blend: Merlot - Malbec - Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit VerdotCSPC: 24398UPC: 626990120803