Day 17. Wine 6.
We’re on a roll with some pretty good cheap wines for around ten bucks! I knew that for this series I would have to give one of the Painted Turtles a try, and in a fit of daring, I grabbed the Merlot instead of another varietal I had sampled before. I didn’t think it would be good. I was pleasantly surprised.
The colour in the glass was a pretty garnet.
On the nose, it’s all cherries and pencil shavings, as well as something brightly herbal that I couldn’t pin down… like a poultry seasoning blend (thyme-y/ sage-y). Okanagan reds are sometimes noted for their wild sage notes… this was not quite like I have experienced that phenomenon before, but I like to think that it bodes well that the grapes for this wine may have actually come from BC. Nice chocolate notes, too.
On the palate, lovely black cherry and plum, quite nicely balanced with good tannin structure – solid but approachable. A medium finish.
Overall, this wine was more complex and enjoyable than I expected. On the lighter side – fruity and very “sippable”. Another great pizza wine, but could hold its own to enhance other dishes as well. I had this with a Rigatoni aglio e olio, to which I added chili flakes, peppers and mushrooms.
Region: Canada (BC)
Grapes: Merlot. Another Cellared in Canada product, so origin of the grapes unknown. This is one of the labels in the Artisan Wine Company portfolio (which also includes Mission Hill, Prospect Winery, and Sonora Ranch)
Price: $9.99 at Cascadia Liquor Store (Quadra)
My rating (ratings are being done based on quality versus price, on scale of 0 to 5 stars): ★ ★ ★ ★ Very acceptable quality for the price!
The Music Match
This wine is happy and charming and not too sophisticated… which is the mood I am in whenever I dig out my old Gypsy Kings Greatest Hits CD from 1994…