So a buddy of mine starts talking to me about a new winery in his portfolio, from up in the Similkameen Valley (southern BC) - Barcello Canyon. I tasted the completely undervalued merlot and became a Believer.
- deep garnet centre
- slight strawberry/cherry rim indicating little age
- long slow strong legs indicating high alcohol
clean nose, moderately++ intense notes of
- funky barnyard
- baies rouges (red berries)
- hot alcohol, which should smooth down a bit over time but isn't overpowering
clean palate, moderate acid, moderate+ tannin, moderate intense notes of
- baies rouges
- moderate oaking
- light chalky gravel
- still hot on the alcohol
moderate body, as stated - high alcohol @ 14%, full palate
I find this a truly enjoyable red, either with food or on it's own... acids and tannins are well constructed and well balanced. There is enough flavor to enjoy with a variety of foods, from a venison burger to blue cheese, or a traditional pasta with italian sausage (not spicy or the alcohol will seem even hotter).
2007 Barcello Canyon Merlot, BC **buy this @ $22 and be pleasantly surprised**