Cellar Selection: Hillside Estate Reserve Merlot (2004)

8 Jan

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Hillside Estate

Reserve Series Merlot 2004

VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

$29.99 Winery Direct (2006 release price)

Deep cherry-red in colour with a slight brick tint. Intense aromas of chocolate covered cherries, cola, licorice and gingerbread. Rich mouthfeel with fruit leather, earth, pepper, clove spice and vanilla oak. Bright acidity and long, drying tannins keep this wine going and going. It has the potential for a few more years in the bottle, but 2009 may be this wine’s peak year. Exceptional BC Merlot. 89 points – Very Good

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