Black Hills Estate Winery 2018 Carménère, Okanagan Valley, $64

By on September 15, 2021

One of the cult producers of Canada offers British Columbia’s rare example of Carménère only to club members, and this Andrew Peller gem along the Black Sage Bench can boast of 4 acres of the fascinating red Bordeaux grape in its two vineyards. Those plantings represent about a quarter of the Carm in the province, and it’s worth noting Cabernet Franc, not Carménère, factors into Black Hills’s flagship Nota Bene. New Zealand native Ross Wise took over the winemaking at Black Hills on the heels of this vintage and prior to earning his Master of Wine diploma after passing both exams on his first attempt. This is a textbook example of Carm grown in the Pacific Northwest, offering intense aromas of herbs, dried black fruit, red pepper flakes and pepperoni. Its suave structure of sandy tannins brings along dried Bing cherry, cloves and a bite of blueberry. It’s ideal with smoked ribs, grilled beef, backyard burgers, black bean tacos and hearty stews.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol 12.6%

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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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