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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Upper Bench Merlot Limited Release
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Upper Bench Merlot Limited Release 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThree picks: September 24, September 29 & October 15, yielded about four tons per acre and a bright savoury, spicy black cherry nose. The attack is similar, with glossy textures and oaky undertones offset by bright blackcurrant/black cherry fruit. It’s round and mouth-filling a crowd-pleaser style with along warm cocoa menthol black fruit finish. It spends 18 months in 30 percent new oak, and it needs some time to shed the apparent oak and sweet fruit finish, but the tannins are much softer this year. Best with grilled beef or pork at the moment - it will come around in the bottle.Tasted: 26 June 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 32.30 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Upper Bench WineryDistributors: Seacove Group
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Grape: MerlotCSPC: 687566UPC: 626990244844