Road 13

5th Element British Columbia Merlot Blend

9.318 ratings
-no pro ratings
British Columbia, Canada
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Michael B

Unfortunately my initial review got deleted, and I had written up one my favourite reviews in a long time. Slightly disheartening but oh well. saved this bottle for quite a few years and tonight was the night. It was decanted for 2 hours. Beautiful aromas of dark fruit, earthiness and leather, inviting you to taste the delicious fruits fermented within.
Initial notes of dark plums, dark succulent cherries and blackberries. There is a definite hint of dark chocolate. Followed by roasted red pepper and anise spices provided by the Syrah. These flavours paired well with the bold and slightly herbaceous tannins from the petit verdot. Finally smooth, lingering notes of finely aged leather, fresh tobacco leaf, hints of smoke and fresh earthiness danced along the back of my palate. This was truly an exquisite wine, achieving the rare feat of producing a bold, heavy, complex wine that is simultaneously well balanced and elegant. Served with filet mignon (medium rare), classic Caesar salad and Portabello mushroom stuffed with goat’s cheese and cherry tomatoes with a balsamic fig reduction. Easily could have cellared for another 5 years.

Unfortunately my initial review got deleted, and I had written up one my favourite reviews in a long time. Slightly disheartening but oh well. saved this bottle for quite a few years and tonight was the night. It was decanted for 2 hours. Beautiful aromas of dark fruit, earthiness and leather, inviting you to taste the delicious fruits fermented within.
Initial notes of dark plums, dark succulent cherries and blackberries. There is a definite hint of dark chocolate. Followed by roasted red pepper and anise spices provided by the Syrah. These flavours paired well with the bold and slightly herbaceous tannins from the petit verdot. Finally smooth, lingering notes of finely aged leather, fresh tobacco leaf, hints of smoke and fresh earthiness danced along the back of my palate. This was truly an exquisite wine, achieving the rare feat of producing a bold, heavy, complex wine that is simultaneously well balanced and elegant. Served with filet mignon (medium rare), classic Caesar salad and Portabello mushroom stuffed with goat’s cheese and cherry tomatoes with a balsamic fig reduction. Easily could have cellared for another 5 years.

Jul 7th, 2020
P A
9.4

The label says that this Okanagan red blend is “..,Complex, rich, elegant and balanced..,”. I say with its intoxicating aromas, tastes of black berry, currants, smooth full bodied mouth feel and intriguing hints of spice this wine is simply “Damn Good” Cheers 🍷🇨🇦🇨🇦

The label says that this Okanagan red blend is “..,Complex, rich, elegant and balanced..,”. I say with its intoxicating aromas, tastes of black berry, currants, smooth full bodied mouth feel and intriguing hints of spice this wine is simply “Damn Good” Cheers 🍷🇨🇦🇨🇦

May 24th, 2020
Leonard Huot

Was great sad down to the last bottle for 2016 vintage. @PA

Was great sad down to the last bottle for 2016 vintage. @PA

Mar 27th, 2020
Michael B

Black currants, cassis, dark cherries, plums, dark chocolate followed by slight leather and earthiness, finishing off with red and white peppers, and spices. Absolutely delicious!

Black currants, cassis, dark cherries, plums, dark chocolate followed by slight leather and earthiness, finishing off with red and white peppers, and spices. Absolutely delicious!

Jun 15th, 2019
Alan Hense

Pencil chocolate cassis and cherry. Perfect balance. Silky. Drink now.

Pencil chocolate cassis and cherry. Perfect balance. Silky. Drink now.

Feb 18th, 2018
Dan Nash

A little heavy for me

A little heavy for me

Dec 9th, 2016
Robert Donahue

2011 on August 15 2015
Decanted and sipped before dinner

2011 on August 15 2015
Decanted and sipped before dinner

Aug 15th, 2015
Katherine Huot

Katherine had this 6 months ago

Katherine had this 6 months ago

Mar 27th, 2020
Rhonda Blanchette

Rhonda had this a year ago

Rhonda had this a year ago

Oct 9th, 2019
Jeanette Grosman

Jeanette had this a year ago

Jeanette had this a year ago

Jul 11th, 2019