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Hillside Mosaic 2015

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI have documented the change in Mosaic over the last decade as it transitioned to an all-Naramata red. Winemaker Kathy Malone has been the force behind the changes at Hillside, arguing the winery needed to be all in on Naramata fruit, including its red wines. It's been a sound decision, and it's beginning to pay dividends for the flagship red. Mosaic has responded with grace and style in a super warm year, opening with dry, leathery notes and savoury sage dusted black cherry. It is mouth-filling, but the alcohol and tannins are well managed, so the finish is more elegant than power-driven. Perfect for fall fare from game to beef to root vegetables. In the art world, a mosaic is small pieces coming together to create art. At Hillside, it's an assembly of vineyard work, winemaking and blending. The puzzle in 2015 was 54/16/15/11/4 merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, cabernet franc, and petit verdot, all aged 16 months in 44 percent new French oak barrels.Tasted: 01 May 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 40.00 winery direct Producer: Hillside WineryDistributors: Lone Tree Cellars
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Petit Verdot - MalbecCSPC: 080036UPC: 626990028932