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Wine:Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery 2004 Alliànce  (Okanagan Valley)

Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery

2004 Alliànce
(Okanagan Valley)

With this debut big Bordeaux red, Blackwood Lane – just opening its winery in Langley, B.C. – is vying for cult status right from the gate. This reflects the ambitions and backgrounds of winery owners Carlos Lee and Charles Herrold. Lee is the son of a Korean diplomat from a family that traces its lineage to the last Korean king. Iowa-born Herrold is a former rock band musician and the current owner of a Hawaii home building firm. He has been a keen home winemaker for most of the 15 years he has lived in British Columbia.

Herrold and Lee have based their winery in Langley so that they can hand-sell wines directly to premium restaurants and collectors in Greater Vancouver. While they have planted a small vineyard, they are sourcing their grapes from select vineyards in the south Okanagan. A significant amount of the fruit for Alliànce (230 cases have been released) come from choice blocks at the historic Inkameep Vineyard near Oliver.

Alliànce is built to be big, from fruit so ripe and extracted that Herrold was able to age the wine 25 months in American and French oak. Dark in colour, the wine begins with aromas of vanilla, prunes, chocolate and spice. On the palate, the wine follows through with plums, prunes, minerals, licorice and tar. This is a bold, muscular wine for red meat and for further cellaring. 90 points.

Reviewed May 26, 2007 by John Schreiner.

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The Wine

Winery: Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Alliànce
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (29%), Cabernet Franc (11%)
Price: 750ml $54.00

Review Date: 5/26/2007

The Reviewer

John Schreiner

John Schreiner has been covering the wines of British Columbia for the past 30 years and has written 10 books on the wines of Canada and BC. He has judged at major competitions and is currently a panel member for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Wine. Both as a judge and as a wine critic, he approaches each wine not to find fault, but to find excellence. That he now finds the latter more often than the former testifies to the dramatic improvement shown by BC winemaking in the past decade.