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Painted Rock Red Icontext
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Painted Rock Red Icon 2016

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe '16 Red Icon returns to its more usual balanced Skaha style after the super hot 2015 vintage. It's more Euro and less California in 2016, although at 14.9 degrees alcohol it is no shrinking violet. It's aged for 18 months in only 30 percent new oak, respecting the peak aromas of its aromatic, savoury, spicy, minty nose and blue/red Skaha palate. Its texture and elegance sing Alain Sutre, longtime Bordeaux consultant and advisor to the Skinner family, as does its Bordeaux five-grape mix led by a textural 44 percent merlot and 21 percent cabernet franc. The remainder is filled out with cabernet sauvignon, malbec and petit verdot before a smoke and sagebrush finale. There should be no rush to drink this red, but its natural elegance and balance would suggest you could get away with it. Best after 2023.Tasted: 21 January 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 54.99 BCLS, private liquor stores, winery direct Producer: Painted Rock Estate WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Petit Verdot - Cabernet Sauvignon - MalbecCSPC: 468900UPC: 626990105824