CedarCreek Estate Winery 2015 Merlot
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Merlot from the 25-acre Desert Ridge estate vineyard in the southern Okanagan near Osoyoos was used for this single variety red that shows the ripeness and power of the 2015 vintage. The 2015 growing season started early, with a warm and dry spring that segued nicely into a long, hot summer. Ripeness was never in doubt. The result is this concentrated and rich red (20 months in French oak barrels) that boasts a core of plummy fruit that slides across your tongue and a long finish marked by youthful tannins. Definitely satisfying and great value for the price.