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Fort Berens Meritage Reserve 2020

British Columbia, CanadaThe Fort Berens estate Dry Creek Vineyard is home to this 60/40 blend of merlot and cabernet franc that clocks in at a modest 13.4% alcohol by volume. Post ferment this is aged for 15 months in French oak barriques (40% new, 60% second fill). Like last year, the style is relaxed, northern, and savoury, with spicy red plum and raspberries, albeit with some smoky notes. The acid is more prominent this year, adding length to some of the herbal notes. It needs two to three years to better integrate and present its final picture.Tasted: 15 June 2023Tasted by: Prices:
BC$41.99750mlwinery online/direct, select private retailers, grocery
Producer: Fort Berens Estate WineryDistributors: The Drinks List
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 137588UPC: 626990106258