Wednesday, July 7, 2010
NK'Mip Cellars 2002 Merlot (British Columbia)
Having yet decided what to have for dinner I turn my attention to the wine I wanted to drink - a much more important decision. This Merlot is produced in British Columbia, Canada, by the Inkameep Indian Band - North America's first aboriginal owned and operated winery. The nose is smokey, slightly leathery, with hints of dried dark fruit. The palate is dried blackberries and spice with just a touch of cedar. The finish has nice length in the secondary fruit and oak tones, meaning you can taste the age of the wine, but it's not over the hill; in fact it's still quite lovely and sippable. This wine is on the downward swing of its life span but still very enjoyable - think I'll try a little pasta, that might work here.