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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Quails' Gate Merlot
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15½/20

Quails' Gate Merlot 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe nose is textbook Okanagan sagebrush with big roasted coffee and red fruit aromas. The attack is dry and muscular, with a substantial amount of tannin. The palate is more coffee, licorice, and black fruit, with a firm tannic finish that smothers the wine at this point. This will need five years minimum to open up and find itself. It is an anomaly for merlot, usually delivering much earlier on in life. The wine was fermented in stainless and pumped over for a month for additional extraction (maybe too much) before spending 18 months in French oak. Best served now with slowly braised barbecue beef ribs or a simple peppercorn steak.Tasted: 31 October 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 29.99 BCLS AB 17.99 private wine shops SK 26.00 MB 27.00 private wine shops ON 27.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate WineryDistributors: Appellation Wine Marketing
Hobbs & Co. Wine Merchants Inc.
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 639633UPC: 778856117233