Anthony Gismondi on Wine
The Hatch Merle

The Hatch Merle 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMerle may be the newest hobo at the Hatch, but he is far from the littlest. Named after the blackbirds that specifically feast on this grape variety near harvest, possibly reducing the yields in a good way, the Merle became the namesake of this merlot. And with that, Merle, the grape thief, was born. The wine is a smoky mix of powerful black fruits, and rich tannins all with a twist of acidity to keep it fresh. There is no rush here. In fact, I suspect two to three years will allow this wine to gather itself and show its true mettle in 2022. If you must open it now, pair it with a well-marbled steak.Tasted: 06 September 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 28.74 winery direct, restaurants Producer: The HatchDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: MerlotUPC: 626990376101