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Stag's Hollow Renaissance Merlot Stag's Hollow Vineyardtext
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Stag's Hollow Renaissance Merlot Stag's Hollow Vineyard 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe estate merlot block is planted over free-draining gravel soil facing southwest to gather the late afternoon and evening sun. Like last year it was co-fermented with 2.4 percent cabernet franc and mixed with another 2.4 percent cabernet sauvignon that is all fermented in French oak, making all the difference in the world with this variety. It's an intriguing mix of red and black raspberries dusted in desert scrub and mixed with juicy black cherries. Rich, round, and juicy, this has immediate appeal, but its chalky tannins are capable of ageing three to five more years in bottle and beyond. A little more friendly this year and more complex. Well done.Tasted: 15 January 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 34.99 winery direct and private wine shops Producer: Stag's Hollow Winery and VineyardDistributors: HQ Wine + Spirits
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 540757UPC: 626990025962