A mini-vertical of the Bordeaux-style red from Oak Valley in Elgin showed wines widely different in quality:
2004: Reductive, dank and “rubbery”. Score: 14.5/20
2005: Red and black fruit. Medium to full-bodied, fresh acidity, fine tannins. Score: 16/20
2006: Red fruit. Not unattractive but quite lean and insubstantial. Score: 15/20.
The Oak Valley Blend is Merlot-driven and I’m normally quite partial to the wine when young as it has a lack of pomp in keeping with its cool-climate origins. However, I was definitely hoping for more when undertaking this flight and once again evidence that suggests Oak Valley in particular and Elgin in general is going to be famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir more than anything else.