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Intersection Alluvia Merlot

Intersection Alluvia Merlot 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIn 2007, Intersection planted one block of merlot across two distinct soil types: a fine, thin plot of dry silicate sand; and the alluvial wake of the ancient Tinhorn Creek system. For three years they vinified one wine from the block, but in 2012 they divided the field by soil and formed the Silica and Alluvia Merlots, harvested in tandem and vinified the same (aged in tight-grained French oak, 30% new, bottled unfiltered). This is a massive wine, even for the record-breaking heat of 2015, clocking in at 15.7 degrees declared. There's a definite burn as this goes down, warming the grilled meats, cedar, raspberry and crushed stones. Tannins are long and slightly fuzzy / grippy through a lengthy finish. Lovely savoury flavours here, but far too hot and overwhelming for more than one glass.Tasted: 05 August 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 28.90 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Parallel 49 Vineyards LimitedDistributors: Univins and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 554988UPC: 626990117261