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Hester Creek Garland
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16¾/20

Hester Creek Garland 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaGarland is an ode to cabernet sauvignon and the Golden Mile Bench. It was named after Hester Creek owner Curt Garland and first appeared in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original planting of vinifera vines in 1968. The cab dominates the blend at 84 percent, with the remaining grapes made up of a mix of petit verdot, malbec, and merlot. The fruit is selected from low cropped older vines inside the 115-acre, 52-year-old vineyard. 2017 is the third Garland to be released, and each year it gets better. What began as a celebration of 50 years in the vineyard has morphed into the winery's best red. The blend spends roughly 18 months in mostly medium+ toast French barriques. The attack is dry and linear as cabernet sauvignon tends to be, but there is a sense of style, and while the tannins are dense, they are ripe. Pure black fruit reminds of cassis, dark plums, and black currants. It will age effortlessly through 2027. Best now with grilled meats. Hats off to winemaker Mark Hopley.Tasted: 28 August 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 55.99 winery online/direct Producer: Hester Creek Estate WineryDistributors: Peacock and Martin Wine Merchants
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot - Malbec - Cabernet Franc - MerlotCSPC: 145362UPC: 626990222118