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Phantom Creek Estates Becker Vineyard Cuvée 2016

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIt’s been 24 years since Becker Vineyard, up against the Okanagan Highland Mountains on the Black Sage Bench, proved that late-ripening red varieties could thrive in the South Okanagan with precision viticulture. Much has been replanted, but it is all performing well. In 2016 the fruit was harvested between October 14 and November 4, yielding 34 barrels aged 18 months in 55 percent new French oak. The blend is 39/35/26 merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. The nose is Okanagan aromatic, mixing sagebrush, balsamic, and black fruits that spill across the palate that is like all the Phantom Creek wines do: texture-focused. The tannins are chalky and dense supporting the plummy blackberry and black olives to the finish. One to cellar through 2023 and beyond. Well done.Tasted: 30 April 2019Tasted by: Prices:
BC$60.00750mlwinery direct
Producer: Phantom Creek EstatesDistributors: Stile Brands
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Cabernet SauvignonUPC: 626990348733