Nk'mip Cellars Winemaker's Series Merlot 2011, BC VQA Okanagan Valley

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Merlot Merlot
British Columbia, Canada

$18.95 (626416)

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88 pts
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October 11, 2014

Critic Reviews (3)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This has moderate colour depth and weight. The nose is gentle and attractive with savoury, tea/sage, coconut and...

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Bill Zacharkiw
Bill Zacharkiw

Very silky and with nice dark plum notes. So varietally dead on. If I were to get picky, has a glyceral,...

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National Wine Awards of Canada
National Wine Awards of Canada

Aggregate final score from judges at the 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada. June 2014

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Community Reviews (3)

Edward Rasiulis
Edward Rasiulis

Wow, I like to be surprised by a great Canadian Merlot that can go toe to toe with the best Napa Merlots

Description: Medium to dark ruby in colour with a medium to medium+ intense nose. This complex wine features cedar, sandalwood, bramble fruit, cherry pie, plums, chocolate, coffee, peppers, cinnamon, cloves, pencil shavings and leather. Medium+ body and tannins with good acidity and a long length.

Negatives: None

Interesting Point: Nk’Mip (pronounced in-ka-MEEP) is the first Aboriginally owned and operated winery in North America.

Drink now or in the next 3 years on its own or pair it with Wagyu steak

Tasted: 22 Oct 2014

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Score: 9+/10, Value: 9.5/10, Total: 19/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4.5

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Ian Ferguson
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Michael Stickings
Michael Stickings

This B.C. Merlot comes across like a decent impersonation of right-bank Bordeaux, even as it's very much indicative of that single varietal. There are aromas of blueberry, plum, leather, earth, charcoal, tobacco, and pencil lead, with some rubber emerging later, and that fairly complex combination is certainly enticing. Spice enters on the palette, but by that point the sweetness has taken over, with the wine seeming a bit confected and artificial, and while it's medium-bodied, there's not much depth, the flavours dying mid-palette with the onset of dryness, the finish chalky.

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