Silver Medal Winner, Savor NW Wine Awards 2023
Silver Medal Winner, BC Lieutenant Governors Awards 2023
The 2019 Reflections is our fortified red wine produced from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the last grapes to be harvested in the fall of 2019. Fortified with brandy distilled from River Stone wines and aged 30 months in premium French oak barrels. Deep dark texture, rich mouthfeel, bold dark berry flavour. Occasionally we should take a step back from our busy, hectic lives and reflect on the past, successes and failures, milestones, and moments. Our fortified wine is the perfect accompaniment to your Reflections. Take time to reflect...
This fortified, Port style wine has a rich, dark ruby red color and upon opening releases concentrated red and black berry aromas with a hint of spice and vanilla. On the pallet there is a silkiness and gentle warmth alluding to the 18-20% alcohol and structured tannins framing the concentrated red fruit.
Reflections brings together the character of two of our noble red grape varieties grown on our home vineyard, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The grapes were handpicked in late October, the final pick of the season. Then destemmed and placed in shallow tubs where they are gently macerated over a period of approximately 5 days, using traditional time honored techniques to carefully release the sweet juice and rich dark berry fruit flavors and color along with soft mature tannins. A period of fermentation follows during which a constantly rising grape cap is plunged back down into the CO2 laden juice where newly forming alcohol further extracts aromas and flavors reminiscent of dark berries and spice. Then with precise timing the fermentation is stopped by the addition of a special concentrated brandy, locally distilled, from River Stone wines made earlier in the same vintage. The newly formed wines are then transferred into neutral French oak barrels for a minimum of 30 months aging.
Food Pairing Notes
Food pairings include your favorite cheeses, smoked meats, and chocolate and caramel deserts. When paired with good friends and family Reflections is sure to make lasting memories.
Our Reflections is truly a taste of River Stone’s terroir and please remember to take time to reflect and savour the Journey.