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Alliance Vertical tasting

Posted on 3 December, 2015 at 18:55

Here are the tasting notes for our recent Alliance vertical 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. We were very happy to have had a few of our cherished Wine Club members join us to give their thoughts on each vintage as well. Alliance is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.



2004 Alliance:

Our first Blackwood Lane wine! The 2004 offers a mature nose with soft aromas of chocolate, cassis, black fruit, leather & graphite. This wine is smooth and silky on the palate with a substantial presence of fine tannins. Earthy with deep, mellow fruity flavours of black plums and red delicious apples. Drink now, up to the next 5 years.



2006 Alliance:

A complex fruity nose of cassis and red plums; also, graphite, chocolate and violets. Still has vibrant red berry fruit and some texture to the appearance. Juicy red berries, red plums, cherries, graphite, tea and sweet oak on the palate. The flavours hold up well after lengthy decanting and open up beautifully. Drink now, up to the next 8 years.



2007 Alliance:

An elegant vintage of Alliance with earthy, gamey, leathery aromas. This wine has a fine root vegetable and floral quality. Dry and smooth, with mouth watering red berries, black fruit, roasted root vegetables and a complex, leathery long finish. Drink now, up to the next 10 years.



2008 Alliance:

The winner, according to majority consensus of our taste panel. Has a tantalizing and complex floral nose, with fragrant plums, candied apples, blackberries, graphite, leather and cedar. This wine is rich, smooth and vibrant from start to finish with flavours of black cherries, red plums, raspberries and has a fine sous bois quality. The finish is very long and satisfying. Drink now, up to the next 10 years.



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