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Corcelettes Merlot 2019

Keremeos, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCorcelettes Estate Vineyard works with three separate merlot blocks, each pushed up against a stone wall of Black Rock Mountain along the property's northern edge. The vines are self-rooted in Similkameen stemwinder soils, giving them a unique, direct connection to the soil, something most BC grafted vines do not have. Winemaker Charlie Corcelettes mixes clone 181 (think pipe tobacco and more leathery, masculine flavours) with clone 184, which expresses more blue and black fruits like figs and blueberries. The key here is freshness and balance that hits you immediately upon sipping the bright fruit. Add in tobacco and a stony, mineral, dusty Similkameen signature, and you have an impressive bottle of merlot. The tannins are perfectly managed to shape the palate but not overwhelm it. It’s aged in a selection of French and American oak barrels and French 1000L vats for 18 months, with one quarter new oak. You can drink this now, but it will only get better through 2025 and beyond.Tasted: 09 September 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$28.99750mlwinery online or BC Wineshop
Producer: Corcelettes Estate WineryDistributors: BCWineshop
Bona Vini Wines Co.
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 665190UPC: 626990231097