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French Door Merlottext

French Door Merlot 2021

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMerlot is grown on the North and South blocks at the French Door estate vineyard on the Black Sage Bench. The blocks are picked separately most years, but in 2021, the merlot was picked and destemmed before heading to a three ton wooden vat for fermenting. The free run juice was drained to light toast French barrels and aged for 16 months. The 140 cases are a selection of the best eight barrels. Somehow, this wine escaped the wildfire smoke, and the low yields brought great intensity. Long, ripe, and spicy, there is plenty of rich, plummy Christmas cake and dense sweet tannins, suggesting this will age well. Impressive at an impressive price.Tasted: 16 August 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$78.00750mlwinery online/direct
Producer: French Door Estate WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 396674UPC: 696852078511