Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Bartier Bros. Merlot Cerqueira Vineyardtext

Bartier Bros. Merlot Cerqueira Vineyard 2018

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSeven months down the road from our last tasting, this Cerqueira Vineyard Merlot continues to impress as it unfolds. It’s grown on the Black Sage Terrace, southeast of the Oliver town centre. The gentle sloping, west-facing vineyard contains a mix of dense loam topsoil over gravels with calcium carbonate covered granite, quartz, and basalt cobbles. I love the density of this red and the creamy, silky textures that spring from spending fourteen weeks in neutral French oak barrels. On the palate, it is slightly more expansive at this point, and the savoury, desert blue fruits are singing a salty mineral chorus. The Bartier reds like about five years in bottle before they reach their zenith, but the balance would suggest it can go a decade and beyond. Perfect now with your favourite steak cuts. Super value. Real wine.Tasted: 13 June 2020Tasted by: Prices:
AB$21.99750mlprivate wine shops
Producer: Bartier Bros.Distributors: Stile Brands
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 225706UPC: 628055147114