2014 Opening Gambit Merlot

An elegant nose of blackcurrant and black fruits with creamy undertones. The palate is charming, with dark, ripe fruits, supple tannins and well integrated oak.

Osoyoos East Bench
Aromas & Texture
Elegant & Supple
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  • Wine Accolade - 94 Points - Anthony Gismondi, Wine Writer
  • Wine Accolade - 93 Points - John Schreiner
  • Wine Accolade - 92 points - Wine Enthusiast

Iodine, black cherries and blackcurrants spill from the glass, inviting you inside the wine. Initially the wine presents delicious dark, ripe fruits before the tannins begin to set in. Dense long and supple, they suggest time in the bottle is the message here.. This wine takes me to Bolgheri with its rich, savoury, sagebrush mocha notes that persist along the finish. A very sexy merlot, triggering the question 'why can’t the standard be more like this across the valley?' Impressive texture. Food friendly.

94 Points, Anthony Gismondi

This wine begins with aromas of cassis with elusive notes reminiscent of spice and iodine. On the palate, there are flavours of black cherry and black currant that linger sweetly on the finish. The firm texture suggests this wine will age especially well.

93 Points, John Schreiner

This tastes of black cherry fruit wrapped in dried leaves, tobacco and a sprinkling of Italian herbs. The tannins are chewy and substantial, but ripe and rich, in keeping with the overall flavor profile. The length and detail through the finish are impressive, as are all of the winery's 2014 Merlots.

92 Points, Paul Gregutt - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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