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Northern Lights Estate Bell Family Reserve Heritage Haskap
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15¾/20

Northern Lights Estate Bell Family Reserve Heritage Haskap 2016

British Columbia, CanadaThe flagship red at Northern Lights is this Heritage Haskap, grown near the Nechako River at Heritage Farms in Quesnel. The Bell Family Reserve series is a limited edition; only 90 cases were produced, so you must be connected to the winery website to get your share. The wine surprisingly goes into medium toast French oak, although the dark red berry fruit remains intense. The winery claims you can age it in bottle up to five years and given the obvious freshness and tart flavours I’m not surprised. The fruit looks more like blueberries or cranberries, but its closer relative is the tomato. The flavours are leather and tart, suggesting mushroom and meat dishes.Tasted: 05 November 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 16.98 winery direct, private wine stores Producer: Northern Lights Estate WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Varietal: HaskapUPC: 626990274551