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Corcelettes Merlottext
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Corcelettes Merlot 2020

Keremeos, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCorcelettes Estate Vineyard works with three separate merlot blocks pushed up against the stone wall of Black Rock Mountain at the northern edge of the property. The vines are self-rooted in stemwinder soils, making them an accurate translator of the Similkameen Valley terroir. It is a blend of two clones: 181, with its pipe tobacco and more leathery, masculine flavours; and 184, which expresses more blue and black fruits like figs and blueberries. It is a giant of a wine that, in some ways, carries the generosity of Napa but delivers the complexity of Bordeaux. The mix of plums, chocolates, tobacco, and a stony mineral undercurrent make this almost irresistible. It is one impressive bottle of merlot, and I think it is better than last year, which says something. You can drink this now, but it will only get better through 2027 and beyond.Tasted: 12 July 2022Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$31.90750mlwinery online or BC Wineshop
Producer: Corcelettes Estate WineryDistributors: BCWineshop
Bona Vini Wines Co.
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 665190UPC: 626990231097