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Quails' Gate The Connemara Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc
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Quails' Gate The Connemara Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThere is a new Okanagan Valley red blend at Quails' Gate and it's stunning. Winemaker Nikki Callaway spent some time working in Bordeaux and clearly she learned a thing or two about blending. Connemara is named after great grandfather Richard Stewart’s love for what he called the most beautiful part of Ireland. Led by a silky, mouth-filling merlot at 55 percent, Callaway adds 30 percent cabernet sauvignon and 15 percent cabernet franc to tighten the structure and flush out the length. So young, yet so balanced, this is a blueprint to halt the merlot and cabernet sauvignon varietal wines at Quails’ Gate and move forward with this blend. Connemara spends 18 months in French oak and is a result of the ten best barrels from fruit harvested across the Okanagan. Floral black fruit aromas with gentle smoky black and red fruit flavours set the stage for the rich but soft tannins. Nothing but a bright future here. Lay this down for five to seven years before opening. This will get even better.Tasted: 10 October 2016Tasted by: Prices: BC 60.00 winery direct, private retail, restaurants Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate WineryDistributors: Appellation Wine Marketing
Hobbs & Co. Wine Merchants Inc.
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet FrancUPC: 778856214260