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Fort Berens Red Gold
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16¼/20

Fort Berens Red Gold 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe genesis of Red Gold is White Gold created in 2010 from two special barrels of chardonnay pulled form the cellar blend. In 2014 the appearance of some exceptional lots got owner Rolf de Bruin thinking, why not Red Gold? The initial 2014 release is a mix of estate cabernet franc and merlot, with Osoyoos cabernet sauvignon, and merlot from Blind Creek vineyard in the Similkameen. The nose is aromatic and showing intense, ripe black fruit aromas that spill onto the palate. The style is New World and the ripeness is more akin to Napa than British Columbia but there is a reason. Part of the cabernet franc was air dried, Amarone-style to 32 brix prior to ferment. At 14.4 it’s not shy but there is an underlying freshness that keeps it all together. It’s a good start especially if game is on the menu.Tasted: 13 December 2016Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 24.99 vqa, private wine stores, winery direct Producer: Fort Berens Estate WineryDistributors: The Drinks List
Blend: Cabernet Franc - Merlot - Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 499319UPC: 00626990114277