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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Road 13 Fifth Element Red
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16¼/20

Road 13 Fifth Element Red 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Fifth Element always has a wild, meaty side, and 2017 is no exception. A finicky year has resulted in a robust offering that comes in at a rare sub 15° of alcohol. The nose is slightly reductive, calling for a decanter to get some air on the wine for 15 to 30 minutes. The texture is medium-soft with a linear lilt mixed with cedar, earth, and warm black jammy fruit. The finish is long and persistent with a touch of spice, black tea, and sagebrush to keep it interesting. Best with roasted or grilled beef at the moment and the bigger, the better.Tasted: 31 October 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 46.95 winery direct, VQA wine shops Producer: Road 13Distributors: The Bacchus Group Inc.
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Syrah - Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot - MalbecCSPC: 45922UPC: 626990331780