2014 Red Icon
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.
|Appellation:||Penticton - Skaha Lake|
|Harvest Date:||Various dates|
|Bottling Date:||May 30, 2016|
|Titratable Acid:||6.5 g/L|
|Volatile Acid:||0.83 g/L|
|Residual Sugar:||2.3 g/L|
|Brix at Harvest:|
|Free S02:||27.0 mg/L|
|Total S02 at Harvest:||82.0|
This vintage is a blend of 33% Merlot, 21%, Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec 16% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Aged 18 months 30% new French oak.
94 POINTS Beppi Crosariol 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. www.paintedrock.ca.
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.
93 POINTS Daenna van Mulligen Captivating, complete, sophisticated.
Painted Rock's premium red is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. This vintage is 31%, 21%, 11%, 16%, 19% respectively. It is a complete and ponderous wine, with earthy and savoury characters. The aromas are a fusion of blackened spices, grilling meat, pencil shavings and leather, balanced with the freshness of black currents and plums. A melange of sweet cassis, black cherry and forest berry flavours meld with spice and vanilla on the palate. The tannins are powdery, there is impressive concentration, complexity and sophistication in this wine.
Open now and decant, or hold for up to 10 years to allow it to coalesce more.
92 POINTS Anthony Gismondi 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.
Christopher Waters Painted Rock’s top-of-the-line Red Icon turned a corner with the 2014 vintage. The growing season and increasing knowledge of the meticulously farmed parcel on the Skaha bench in Penticton combined to produce the most approachable and opulent Red Icon upon release. There’s impressive balance, length, intensity and complexity here (checking all of the BLIC boxes that define a truly great wine), with layers of fruit and fragrant spices including telltale Okanagan sage brush on offer. You can bet the wine’s pedigree and character will continue to bloom with time in bottle. A blend of 33 percent Merlot, 21 percent, Cabernet Franc, 19 percent Malbec, 16 percent Petit Verdot, 11 percent Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged in French oak for 18 months (30 percent new), this is a wine that’s drinking now, with the capacity to develop through 2027. 1,153 cases. Highly Recommended.