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Mission Hill Reserve Merlottext
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Mission Hill Reserve Merlot 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada2017 began late, wet, and cool, but after 66 days, including a record-breaking dry spell in July and August, it came to an end on October 30, yielding a small, intense crop of ripe fruit. The fruit comes off two southern estates in Osoyoos (54 percent) and Oliver (46 percent). The style is rich and spicy with some milk chocolate hints. The palate is equally expressive with wild blackberry, cassis, dark plums, vanilla, and toast. Friendly but authentic, try this with grilled poultry or meats. It's entirely merlot this year, but I miss the recent introduction of cabernet franc in 2016.Tasted: 13 January 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 26.99 BCLS, winery direct, private wine shops SK 25.00 ON 26.00 LCBO Producer: Mission Hill Family EstateDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 772244UPC: 776545995117