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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Painted Rock Red Icon
93POINTS
17¼/20

Painted Rock Red Icon 2017

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCan 2017 be better than in 2016? I think so. From the less is more perspective, less power, less spice, and less intensity has allowed this Bordeaux blend to show a sense of elegance and depth I haven't seen before. More Euro than most anything but the best red blends in North America, it is aged for 18 months in 30 percent new oak. The mix is 38 percent merlot and 21 percent cabernet franc followed by 20/11/8/2 petit verdot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, and syrah. Again the texture is measured and elegant. The syrah seems out of place, but alas, the final test in the bottle suggests it works. Not a lot of Meritage can match the elegance and depth here, but they should try.Tasted: 14 June 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 54.99 BCLS, private liquor stores, winery direct Producer: Painted Rock Estate WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Petit Verdot - Cabernet Sauvignon - MalbecCSPC: 468900UPC: 626990105824