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Painted Rock Red Icon 2014

Canada, British Columbia
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Painted Rock Red Icon 2014
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Painted Rock Estate Winery
Vintage 2014
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 21%, Malbec 19%, Petit Verdot 16%, Cabernet Sauvignon 11%
¥12,100
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Painted Rock Estate Winery
Vintage 2014
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 21%, Malbec 19%, Petit Verdot 16%, Cabernet Sauvignon 11%
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.3%
Product Code B006R00314
UPC 626990105824
Inventory Very Low Stock (3)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak. This vintage is a blend of 33% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec 16% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine invites you in with rich aromas of blackberry, dark plums, cassis and sweet spices. The palate, with its velvety tannins and high acid, offers bold and juicy black fruit layered with pepper, baking spices, vanilla and chocolate. Those who cellar this wine will be rewarded.

Press
94John Schriener
94 points - John Schreiner This is 33% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec, 16% Petit Verdot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. Once again, it was aged 18 months in French oak (30% new), accounting for the svelte, polished texture of its long, ripe tannins. It begins with aromas of black cherry, black currant, spice and vanilla. The palate is rich, with flavours of black cherry and black currant mingled with notes of blackberry, mocha, tobacco, vanilla and spice. The wine, if decanted, is accessible now but is built to age for 10 or 15 years. 94.
92Gismondionwine
92 points - Anthony Gismondi This is the best Icon yet from Painted Rock and while it may pain conservative Bordeaux consultant Alain Sutre it is the most hedonistic. While the tannins are Pomerol-like, the explosive savoury, black/boysenberry fruit and sagebrush of the Okanagan Valley stoke the mid-palate giving it a Bolgheri/Uco Valley sheen that holds your interest in way most New World merlot blends do not. Most won’t mind the lack of complexity at this point but ageing this bottle a decade may give it a chance to score on that point too. The 2014 blend is 33 percent merlot, 21 cabernet franc, 19 malbec, 16 petit verdot and only 11 percent cabernet sauvignon. Magic, and there is a hefty 1153 cases produced.
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vintage Notes

The 2014 growing year was an exceptional one; the temperatures were hot but consistent, leading to well balanced and beautifully ripe fruit. September cooled nicely to slow the sugar development while the flavours and tannin continued to develop and the bright acidity was retained. This has gone down as a “textbook Okanagan vintage” and the first of which that Painted Rock has seen. Reviewers have commented that the reds of the 2014 vintage have the potential to be “show-stoppers”.

Vinification

Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak. This vintage is a blend of 33% Merlot, 21%, Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec 16% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Titratable Acidity 6.5 g/L
  • Volatile Acidity 0.83 g/L
  • Free SO2 27.0 mg/L
  • Total SO2 82.0 mg/L
  • PH 3.84
  • Bottling Date: May 30, 2016
  • Residual Sugar 2.3 g/L
  • Alcohol 14.3%
Producer

Producer Description

Vision

Painted Rock began with John and Trish Skinner’s belief that the Okanagan Valley had enormous, largely unrealized, potential. While the area was long known for producing some of the world’s finest fruit, it was the wines produced from the 1980’s “Vinifera Program” (where vineyards were paid to remove high producing, inferior hybrids and plant vinifera) that convinced the Skinner’s that the Okanagan would one day be an internationally recognized wine region. John knew that if they wanted to be involved, and make an impact, they had to move quickly. The goal was simple: find the best property and apply the most aggressive mandate for quality. Their extensive search took nearly three years and ended when they found “The Black Hawk”, a spectacular 56 acre bench on Skaha Lake in Penticton. In 2004 they purchased what was once “the largest apricot orchard in the British Commonwealth”. The orchard had been felled in the 1980’s and had lain fallow since.

Detailed analysis of the property occurred for the next year while the site was prepared and the property was planted in 2005.  Envisioned as a family-run estate winery, the assumption was that this could be some of the finest “terroir” in the world and it was their job to deliver on its promise.   From expertise to equipment to mandate the commitment was and remains uncompromising. According to John Skinner, “If Painted Rock is going to compete with the best in the world we must have confidence in our terroir and allow it to express its uniqueness. That's why we are 100% Estate."

Our Vineyard

1 vineyard: Our estate sits atop a 56 acre bench. Currently 27 acres are planted.

52,500 plants: The majority were planted in 2005, with small infill plantings done in 2006, 2009, 2018 and an additional Chardonnay block planted in 2017. High density plantings with 2,100 plants per acre at 7’x3’ spacing.

15 clones + 3 Rootstocks: Our clones and rootstock were sourced and propagated from a Bordeaux nursery. Each variety has at least two clones planted to offer blending opportunities and complexity.

UNIQUE SITE INFLUENCES:

  • West sloping bench
  • Surrounding amphitheatre of rock
  • Lake reflection
  • East-west planting strategy
  • Natural pest eliminators

LAND COMPOSITION:

  • Top soil
  • Layers of glacial silt, clay, sand and volcanic ash deposits
  • Underlying gravels

INTENTIONAL FARMING:

  • No pesticides used
  • Root training used to reduce irrigation
  • Labour intensive vigor pruning strategy implemented

Winemaking

Our pursuit of pure terroir expression.

  • Uncompromising. Since our beginning a conscious decision has been made to never cut corners. Our property has the potential and it is up to us to realize it.
  • Collaborative winemaking. Consultant Alain Sutre of Ertus Consulting in Bordeaux oversees the vineyard and winemaking team, lead locally by Gabriel Reis.
  • 100% single varietal wines. All varietally labelled wines are true single varieties.
  • Hand harvested. To ensure pristine berries, only undamaged clusters are harvested, gently destemmed and hand sorted.
  • No transportation. With our winery and vineyard onsite, there is no travel or delay between harvesting and processing, and no environmental impact from grape transportation.
  • Unfiltered. Our red wines are never filtered to ensure their most complete expression.
  • Renewable Energy. Solar panels were installed on our winery in 2017 to provide the power needs for the estate.
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