The judges at the 2019 Alberta Beverage Awards had a diverse line-up of merlot that boasted consistency and excellence where merlot is once again getting the merit it deserves. The softness and elegance of merlot showcased so well on its own with prominent flavors of blackberry, cassis, plum, baked cherries and chocolate backed by balanced acidity and tannin. Produced in numerous wine regions such as California, Washington, Canada, Northern Italy and most importantly Bordeaux, merlot continues to shine.
Cam Pinkney

Best In Class (TIE)

Upper Bench 2015 Limited Release Merlot

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

$36-38 CSPC 782642      

Black Sage Vineyard 2016 Merlot             

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

$28-31 CSPC 754000      

Judges Selection

Mt. Boucherie 2017 Merlot         

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

$25-28 CSPC 805186      

Mercer 2016 Merlot       

Washington, United States

$27-30 CSPC 815005      

Oyster Bay Hawke’s Bay 2018 Merlot      

Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand          

$20-24  CSPC 713434     

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