Compendium 2006

Osoyoos & Oliver, Okanagan Valley, BC

Part of Mission Hill’s ultra-premium Legacy Series, this inaugural release is a little brother to heavy hitter Oculus.

They have the same genes – both crafted from the same grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot), and high attention to detail (designated block, hand sorted, gravity filled, small French oak fermented, etc.). But while Oculus is designed to peak over the next 10 years or so, Compendium is pretty much good to go now. Which isn’t to say that this wine won’t improve with a couple of years too – it will – it’s just that with the spicy herbed cedar and dark raspberry aromas, and the lovely deep flavours of savoury tobacco, cocoa, gravel and raspberry, this wine is delish enough to finish off right now.  Smooth, fine tannins and a lengthy juicy finish make this little brother very approachable.  It was a standout for me at a recent Legacy Series tasting – the stars all over my tasting book proving that Compendium is a great addition to an already impressive lineup.
Drink this Bordeaux blend now while Oculus sits in your cellar.


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Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ...

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