Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery 2017 Reserve Meritage, Okanagan Falls $37.99

By on June 3, 2021

It’s been 20 years since Jim and Leslie D’Andrea acquired this property around the corner from famed Wild Goose Vineyards, and they’ve grown the vineyard from 3 acres to 35 acres. Harvest for their Right Bank Bordeaux expression began Oct. 16, and the blend by winemaker Benoit Gauthier is Merlot-dominant (73%) with Cabernet Sauvignon (23%) — both of which were first planted in 1986 — joined by Cabernet Franc (2%) and Malbec (2%). There’s a faint tribute to Saint-Émilion in its Old World grace with notes of Montmorency cherry, cassis, pencil shavings, earthiness and saddle leather. Suave tannins and juicy cherries create a beautiful balance and a lingering finish. Suggested pairings include grilled lamb, portobello mushrooms, blue cheese and desserts featuring dark chocolate. This grabbed a gold medal at the 2021 Cascadia International Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 644 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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