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Echo Bay Vineyard Synoptic
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Echo Bay Vineyard Synoptic 2015

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEcho Bay has been where the Kenyon family has retreated for five generations. They purchased the 18 acre parcel, a previous apple orchard, in Okanagan Falls in 1967. Under well known grower Richard Cleave's guidance, they planted grape vines in 2013, and made their first wines, including this, with Alan Dickinson at nearby Synchromesh. They farm their five acre vineyards with organic and biodynamic practices, and use minimal inputs in the winery. Synoptic is Echo Bay's signature red, and in 2015 was a classic Bx blend of 40 percent merlot along with friends cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, carmenere, and petit verdot. This was native fermented and spent time in French oak (30 percent new). A curious wintergreen mint licks the plush blend, one filled with cushy red fruits (cherry and raspberry), strawberry jam, juniper freshness and licks of pine along a very spicy palate. Tannins are rubbed fine, and supportive to the lingering, PV perfumed finish. The oak overrides at this youthful stage, and best match with fragrant five spice duck or mushrooms. Looking forward to seeing what this winery does in the future. The striking label features symbols taken from synoptic weather charts. Each symbol relays a state or change in weather conditions.Tasted: 04 January 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 30.00 winery direct Producer: Echo Bay VineyardDistributors: Richard Massey Wine & Spirits
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon - Malbec - Carmenere - Petit Verdot.CSPC: 141353UPC: 627843839750