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Phantom Creek Estates Phantom Creek Vineyard Cuvée No 21
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Phantom Creek Estates Phantom Creek Vineyard Cuvée No 21 2016

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRetasted twice this week to same effect. There is more spice and Okanagan sagebrush breaking through since June, but all in all, it remains a terrific bottle of youthful wine. It was an excellent year to launch a red blend, one with all the red grapes grown at Phantom Creek Vineyard. It was picked between September 26 and October 15. Only 13 barrels were made, and the mix is 38/26/15/8/8/5/ of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, malbec, syrah, cabernet franc and merlot. Climate change and impeccable farming have given cabernet sauvignon a foothold in the south Okanagan. It's not a get out of jail free card for the stubborn variety, but it's evident in the right spot and the right year with perfect farming it can over-deliver in a way California or Bordeaux can. The fruit, while intense and on edge, covers the palate, aided by the structure and bones of the cabernet sauvignon. The rest of the grapes work to fill in the flesh and texture and easily mingle as one to a fabulous finish. If anything the syrah could go away, but then it wouldn’t be all the red grapes. Style with grace and power. Kudos to former winemaker Ross Wise and the Phantom Creek team.Tasted: 05 September 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 100.00 winery direct Producer: Phantom Creek EstatesDistributors: Winery Direct
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot - Malbec - Syrah - Cabernet Franc - MerlotUPC: 626990348764