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Little Engine Gold Merlot
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16¼/20

Little Engine Gold Merlot 2015

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaLet’s start with the “hefty bottle,” there is no need. This premium, youthful merlot was sourced from three Naramata Bench vineyards, one of which is owned by the winery. Potent and dense, the 2015 was in barrel for sixteen months (63 percent new) without racking until it was blended and bottled unfiltered. In contrast to the 2014, this is full-throttle, bold and woody, led by baking spices, potent dark cassis, black cherry and blue berry fruits flecked with tobacco. The attack is warm, 15 percent warm, but there is a density of fruit flavours to counteract the alcohol and the oak. For all its potency and confidence, this is a well balanced, highly youthful wine that will show much better down the road in say 2021. At present, please decant, and pair appropriately with venison, lamb or grilled beef.Tasted: 14 June 2017Tasted by: Treve Ring & Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 55.00 winery direct Producer: Little Engine WinesDistributors: Winery Direct
Varietal: MerlotCSPC: 20716UPC: 626990295549