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Howling Bluff Merlot Petit Verdot 2017

Canada, British Columbia
Howling Bluff Merlot Petit Verdot 2017

A spectacular marriage of Merlot and Petit Verdot, this rare blend for the beautiful Okanagan Valley combines the remarkable terroir of Howling Bluff Winery with the likes of a traditional Bordeaux blend.

With deep ruby tones and an intense, complex nose, this wine offers notes of dried plums, caramel, chocolate, and leather—and a long, velvety finish like none other.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Howling Bluff Estate Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merot 80%, Petit Verdot 20%
¥5,500

A spectacular marriage of Merlot and Petit Verdot, this rare blend for the beautiful Okanagan Valley combines the remarkable terroir of Howling Bluff Winery with the likes of a traditional Bordeaux blend.

With deep ruby tones and an intense, complex nose, this wine offers notes of dried plums, caramel, chocolate, and leather—and a long, velvety finish like none other.

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Howling Bluff Estate Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merot 80%, Petit Verdot 20%
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14,2%
Product Code B003R00617
UPC 626990232759
Inventory In Stock (149)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

A spectacular marriage of Merlot and Petit Verdot, with the proprietary name Sin Cera. This rare blend for the beautiful Okanagan Valley combines the remarkable terroir of Howling Bluff Winery with the likes of a traditional Bordeaux blend.

With deep ruby tones and an intense, complex nose, this wine offers notes of dried plums, caramel, chocolate, and leather—and a long, velvety finish like none other.

Aged in barrels for thirty months, this versatile blend can be enjoyed now, or in ten years.

Pairing

Duck, tenderloin, or chocolate cake—or all three!

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2030

Reviews & Ratings

David Lawrason - This a full bodied, deeply coloured stern and tannic young red, which should be entirely expected from the presence of the late ripening petit verdot "little green one" grown at almost 50 degrees of latitude. Fine as a blender but just too stark and coarse on its own. That said the winemaking is good here, rendering it well with dark, currant fruit, sweet oak and spice. The finish is very dry. The length is very good. Tasted November 2020. 

Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Viticulture

Hand picked, sorted

Vinification

30 months aging in French oak, one barrel 12 months in new American oak.

Production Amount

3096
Producer

Producer Description

Howling Bluff Estate Winery is a small family-owned estate winery that is the culmination of Luke Smith’s life long passion for great wines. After giving up his career in the investment industry, Luke, with his 21 year old son Daniel, is producing award-winning wines which started with their first vintage in 2006. Dedicated to producing small lots of fine wines, Luke and Daniel are building a legacy, a family winery for their future generations.

Luke & Jennifer Smith

Luke & Jennifer in snowy vineyard

From Luke Smith....

I started my wine journey early; my mother was the secretary of the Vancouver chapter of the International Wine and Food Society. By my late teens I was enamored with the history of wine and food. In 1981 (pre-history according to my kids) I sat across from a kindred soul at our workplace. Craig Walker was also an avid student of fine wine and great food. We dreamed of vineyards in Napa and evenings with friends as we poured wine made from our grapes. To this day I am sure some of our co-workers remember our Friday wine and food pairings in the office, especially when Craig discovered a new cheese we had to pair with that new wine.

And like a newly planted vine, that desire to grow remained unchecked for 22 years. In 2003 we bought a fallow piece of land on the then sleepy Naramata Bench. Now, as I write this in 2021 my vineyard and others on the Bench are considered the most exciting wine producers in Canada and we are being recognized worldwide. 

And even now, as I write this my passion keeps asking me “what can we do next to make memorable wine?”

Jennifer, the real brains behind Howling Bluff. Jen is an RN at the Penticton Regional hospital, and seemingly for ever Jen worked in the ER there. In her spare time, she raises 4 kids, one of which is me and is by my side for as many wine events as possible. Jen is the foundation on which all of this relies.

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