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LE GRAND VIN 2014 BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer OSOYOOS LAROSE
Extremely deep intense purple colour. Fairly spicy, somewhat cedar-driven, intense, ripe plum nose with some sandalwood notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, well structured, intense, extracty, very slightly spicy, intense, ripe plum-dark cherry flavours with a lingering, very faintly herbal, rather cedary, high acid finish. These wines often take up to a decade or so to show their best! This 2014 blend of 68% Merlot (up from 57%), 11% Cabernet Sauvignon (down from 16%), 5% Cabernet Franc (down from 17%) and 8% Petit Verdot (up from 5%) and no Malbec (down from 4%) has 14% alcohol (same) and 4 g/L residual sugar (up from 2 g/L residual sugar) with lot number L061727 on the back label. Preferred to the 2013 (***) with 90-points that was released on November 11, 2017 at $48.95. TONY ASPLER / 89-points - Dense purple-black colour; cedary-sandalwood nose and vanilla oak currently dominating black fruit aromas; full-bodied, dry, tight, earthy, blackberry and plum flavours with evident tannins, Hold five years. It is currently available in a number of stores - so make sure you check the vintage. CSPC 626325
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Cha Hob
Country Canada
Region British Columbia
Rating ***(92 points)
Youthful, Intense, Ripe, Complex
LCBO Note Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: Osoyoos Larose is the original single vineyard in BC, as in it was planted and raised, or elevated as the French might say, from the beginning to be a vineyard that was built for the blend. The rootstock and clone combinations were selected in Bordeaux, shipped to Canada, and planted by hand in high density. The 2014 might be the friendliest OL since its launch, with elegance and silky tannins leading the way. The palate is a youthful mix of black currants, black cherries and plums with savoury supple tannins. This wine has shown a propensity to age effortlessly and 2014 will be no exception. Barrel aging at Osoyoos Larose is all about French oak and an 18 to 20 month rest in new and one-year-old barrels. They rack the wine every three months and fine it with egg whites prior to bottling. The 2014 blend is 68/11/5/8 merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Score - 92 (Anthony Gismondi, gismondionwine.com, Sept. 11, 2017) Price $ 47.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - April 28, 2018
Cases bought 419 (6 bottles per case)

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