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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Bartier Bros. Merlot
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16½/20

Bartier Bros. Merlot 2012

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRe-tasted now a few times and we still love the purity of Okanagan fruit in this 87/13 mix of merlot and cabernet franc that comes off the warm, west sloping Cerqueira Vineyard on the lower Black Sage Bench. Winemaker Michael Bartier wild ferments his wines and they are unfined and unfiltered. In 2012 everything conspired to makes this a delicious bottle of serious merlot, one of the best I have had in some time from BC. The attack is both silky and stony with a dried herb nose and a lovely reserved cherry fruit and oak character that melt together. The finish is long with some fine-grained tannin to shed. A superb wine for T-bone steak. Good to see a BC wine of this calibre in listed in BC Liquor Stores. A perfect wine for local wine lists.Tasted: 06 April 2016Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 21.99 BCLS Producer: Bartier Bros.Distributors: Winery Direct
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Blend: Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 418673UPC: 626990162742