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Wine review: Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2009, British Columbia

Rating
92.00
Year
2009
Region
Okanagan
Varietal
Red blend
Price
$45 in B.C.

I would love to see this wine compete in a blind tasting against fine red Bordeaux costing several times the price. It's almost more Bordeaux than a lot of Bordeaux. The 2009 vintage of Osoyoos Larose, one of British Columbia's top reds, delivers in a way that few New World reds can – with stern, dry power. A blend of mostly merlot with cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec, it is remarkably well-structured, with notes of cherry liqueur, cigar and classic Bordeaux-style pencil shavings, wound tightly with the promise of better days ahead (though I'd like it now with a medium-rare steak). Best in four to 12 years, though it might very well continue to improve beyond that. Various prices in Alberta, $49.90 in Saskatchewan, $44.99 in Manitoba, $44.95 in Ontario, $44.75 in Quebec, $46.99 in New Brunswick, $48.10 in Prince Edward Island, $45.99 in Nova Scotia, $45.50 in Newfoundland.

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