Powerful, complex, substantial.
Painted Rock's premium blend Red Icon has jumped $20 in price since last vintage, a trend we're seeing in many BC wines. The 2019 vintage is a blend of 42% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec and 15% Petit Verdot, all blocks were harvested, fermented and barrel aged (18 mos in 30% new French oak) separately, then blended unfiltered before bottling.
It is scented with pipe tobacco and plumcake, dark chocolate, cedar, wild berries and espresso. The palate is supple and fleshy with generous fruit, salted licorice, tobacco, dark mocha and mixed forest berries. It's a powerful wine, concentrated and substantial, and still very youthful. I tasted a day after opening and it was still quite taut.
Open now and decant, or hold for the next decade.
Rich Meats , Cheese - Hard/Aged, Good First Impressions, Cellar Keepers
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Wine Diva reviewed - 2022-11-30 13:48:26.0