2014 Painted Rock Red Icon
Varietal: Red blend
Region: Pentiction - Skaha Lake
Bottle size: 750 mL
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.
Voted Best BC Red!
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94 Points - The 2014 edition of Painted Rock's flagship and fabulous red is a blend of 33-per-cent merlot with lesser proportions of cabernet franc, malbec, petit verdot and cabernet sauvignon. It's a benchmark for Okanagan wines based on the Bordeaux grape mix, luscious and lavish yet kinetic and mineral-flinty in a Médoc way. The main flavours hint at cassis, blackberry jam, dark chocolate, vanilla and smoky cedar, supported by chewy-ripe tannins. Approachable now, it should improve with up to 15 years in a cool cellar. – Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail July 2017
94 Points 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. - John Schreiner
92 POINTS This is the best icon yet from Painted Rock, and while it may pain Bordeaux consultant Alain Sutre it is the most hedonistic. The tannins are Pomerol-like, the explosive savoury black boysenberry fruit and sagebrush of the Okanagan Valley stoke the mid-palate, giving this a Bolgheri/Uco Valley sheen that holds your interest in a way most New World Merlot blends can't. Most won't mind the lack of complexity at this point, but againg this bottle a decade may give it a chance to score on that point, too....Magic, and there were a hefty 1,153 cases produced. - Anthony Gismondi
Our winemaking team is headed by proprietor John Skinner in close collaboration with Bordeaux-based consultant Alain Sutre, who defines winemaking protocol, advises on viticulture, integrates vineyard and winery, blends, and teaches. Our Assistant Winemaker Gabe Reis, is on site full-time to implement Alain's instructions and benefit from his tutelage. Teamwork and a shared passion for quality support Painted Rock in its vision to produce exceptional wines. Painted Rock encourages each member of our diverse and skilled team to contribute their expertise and broaden their own experience in striving towards our collective goals.