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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Van Westen Vineyards Violetatext
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16¼/20

Van Westen Vineyards Violeta 2018

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIf you want to know why the Naramata Bench is special, start with Violeta, a malbec that holds its own with many of the best merlot and pinot noir grown across the mid-Okanagan Valley. I love the floral, violet, mineral nose with red plums, mulberry, exotic spices, and dense but softish tannins. As mentioned before, it is more Cahors than Mendoza, especially with a touch of campfire in the finish. Serve with roasted chicken or a meaty pizza.Tasted: 19 October 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 39.90 winery online/direct, select private retailers, restaurants Producer: Van Westen VineyardsDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: MalbecCSPC: 850883UPC: 626990173588