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Poplar Grove Winery is located on the slopes of the Naramata Bench, a premier wine growing area just outside Penticton, British Columbia. One of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench, Poplar Grove was founded in 1993. Tony Holler purchased Poplar Grove and became the winery president in 2007. Tony’s wife, Barbara Holler, owns and operates the Holler’s 100 acres of estate vineyards allowing Poplar Grove wines to be made from 100% estate grown grapes. Their sons, Matthew and...
The core character of The Legacy is revealed with time; it improves with age. Balance, more than richness defines this wine and assures harmonious bottle aging. Experience shows that the winery's most premium red wine gains both subtlety and complexity as tannins soften and flavours develop over time.
2014 was an extraordinary growing season deftly handled by the experienced vineyard and winemaking team. Budburst was three weeks earlier than normal due to mild winter and spring temperatures. Rapid early growth continued through a hot and dry summer into early August, giving vineyard crews plenty of time for precision irrigation and rigorous yield management. Ultimately, a high-quality crop was harvested, with all vineyards picked at optimum ripeness, flavour, and sugar/acid balance.
The Legacy is a singular wine defined by the sum of its parts. Winemaker Stefan Arnason has a rare gift for articulating the special character of our Osoyoos Lake Bench estate vineyard, producing delicious, age-worthy wines year after year. The 2014 marries power and finesse, with serious density and grip. Bordeaux-inspired perhaps, but with the suppleness and freshness that is Next World Okanagan. All component varietals were estate grown and hand-picked for their special characteristics, and were rigorously sorted prior to fermentation and extended maceration. The various lots were aged in 100% traditional French barriques for 21 months before the final blend was assembled, and it was then matured in-bottle for 2 years prior to release.
- 94 Points -
The wine aged 21 months in oak. The wine has not yet been released but collectors need to get on the list; this superb wine is from one of the Okanagan’s best vintages and will age well. Already, it appeals with aromas off cassis and black cherry. On the palate, there is rich, dark fruit mingling sweetly with chocolate and spice.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
This is an excellent follow up to the 2013, and the best tannin-managed Legacy yet. It’s never a powerhouse, which is a plus in my estimation, but the challenge is to get more than just a hedonistic bent because its the layering and complexity that will take this to another level, and closer to its asking price. The blend is dominated by cabernet franc at 44 percent with 24/24/4/4 cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, merlot, and petit verdot in turn. It’s at its savoury best in 2014 with an almost voluptuous entry of black fruit, dried leaves, licorice and sagebrush. A stylish red that just leaves me only wanting more in the finish.See detailed press review
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October 2018See detailed press review