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Oops Carmenere 2018, My Karp Off Dry Riesling 2018, and Robin Ridge Cabernet Franc - Merlot 2016 wines

Oops Carmenere 2018, My Karp Off Dry Riesling 2018, and Robin Ridge Cabernet Franc – Merlot 2016 wines

Today I have 3 seemingly unrelated wines, and they are.  Sometimes when you are tasting wines for review, you have single bottles and no pairing with other related wines.  So today is a bit of a mix of wines.  One is a BC wine, another from Germany, and the third from Chile.  Grapes are Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Riesling, and Carmenere.  Lots of variety.  Let me tell you about these 3 wines.

My Tasting Notes

Robin Ridge Cabernet Franc – Merlot 2016, BC (BC $22.25) – This is an organic wine from the Similkameen Valley; a blend of 62% Cab Franc and 38% Merlot.  It is very deep garnet coloured. It has a medium intensity nose with sweet ripe red fruit, sweet spices, sweet oak, cedar and red cherries aromas.  A really juicy ripe fruit nose.  With some air I also picked up some red apple aroma.  This wine is off-dry with a medium plus mouthfeel, round and very smooth; the acidity and tannins are very light.  You get sweet ripe fruits, raspberries, red currant, as well as a touch of apple and floral on the palate.  With decanting the wine it is a bit fuller bodied and I picked up some plum and chocolate flavours. The tannins get a little stronger on the finish; the finish gives you more sweet red fruit, pepperiness, a touch of cedar and oak.  With decanting the tannins become stronger and chalky. This wine is good with or without decanting, but I may give the decanted version a slight edge.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars  An easy to enjoy red wine that is full of sweet ripe red fruit, sweet spices, oak, cedar and red cherries.

Weingut Karp-Schreiber My Karp Off Dry Riesling 2018, Germany (BC $19.99) – A medium intensity, clear lemon with green tint in the glass.  A medium plus intensity nose, with intense sweet aromas of lemon and orange, petrol, and a touch of peach.  No aromatic change with decanting.  This wine is semi-sweet, round with a thicker mouthfeel and has a light acidic prickle to it.  Sweet citrus, stone fruits, in particular peach, honey and petrol on the palate.  A bit of steeliness on the finish, along with more sweet fruits and petrol.  With decanting, the acidity and prickle seems a bit stronger, while fruit flavours stay the same.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars A semi-sweet medium plus bodied Riesling with lots of intense lemon and stone fruit aromas and flavours plus some petrol.

Oops Carmenere 2018, Chile (BC $13.99) – A deep, dull garnet colour with a ruby tint, about 90% opaque.  It has a medium intensity nose that is spicy along with red fruits, red cherries, and touches of raspberries and capsicum.  With decanting you can add sweet spices and black fruit aromas. This wine is dry, has a medium minus body and a light mouth feel.  Smooth.  Flavours of red fruit, raspberries, plum and perfume mid palate, and light black fruits. Light fine tannins.  Decanting has no changes to the fruit flavours, but the wine does feel a bit bigger.  It has a medium length finishing very light, with no tannins, and a mix of red and black fruits.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars A straight forward wine with red fruits and spiciness on the nose; its dry and very smooth with a mix of red and black fruit and a hint of capsicum.
Robin Ridge Cabernet Franc - Merlot 2016, My Karp Off Dry Riesling 2018, and Oops Carmenere 2018 with wines in glasses

Robin Ridge Cabernet Franc – Merlot 2016, My Karp Off Dry Riesling 2018, and Oops Carmenere 2018 with wines in glasses

Where Can I Buy These Wines?

You can buy the Robin Ridge Cabernet Franc – Merlot from their website. My Karp Riesling is available through BC Liquor StoresOops Carmenere is available through BC Liquor Stores

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