Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 303,834 strong:

Register Today!

Burrowing Owl Meritage 2016 Wine Review

Burrowing Owl Meritage 2016

Burrowing Owl Meritage 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 5

  Add My Review

Price: $57.95

Drink: 2019-2026

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.9%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Burrowing Owl

Agent: Wyse Wine Agency

Natalie's Score: 93/100

Produced by Burrowing Owl founder and winemaker, Jim Wyse, the Meritage is produced from the five principal Bordeaux grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Dry, full-bodied, elegant and rich dark fruit, dark berry, plum and savoury herb flavours on the palate. Enjoy with roast red meats, venison or duck.

Meritage food pairings: slow roasted duck, roast beef, tourtière.

Delightful Duck Wine

This Burrowing Owl Meritage 2016 was reviewed on January 8, 2020 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2017  2015  2014  2013  2010 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

Reviews and Ratings

Carolyn Hetke rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

This opens with lovely aromas of bramble, dried herbs and a touch of sweet hay. Generous red plum, currants and savoury notes on the palate. Nice ripe fruit and ripe tannins. This is a complex wine that evolves nicely in the glass to offer up its charms layer after layer. This one begs for beef tenderloin. Tasted Nov 22, 2019 www.thewineloverskitchen.com
Jisun Hahn CAPS Certified Somm rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This Bordeaux blend from the Okanagan Valley is deep ruby in colour showing early signs of age at the rim. While this is a substantial wine it is still smooth and velvety on the palate. Tons of deep black cherry and plums wrapped in chocolate, licorice, baking spices and hints of smoke. Would be wonderful paired with tender braised beef, a side of mushroom risotto and grilled garlic scapes. Could be enjoyed now or aged for the next 5 to 7 years.
Linda Mertes WSET 2 rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

A full-bodied Bordeaux-style blend from the Okanagan Valley. Dark ruby with long, slow legs along the glass indicating a higher 14.5% level. Black berries, black fruit on the nose and palate. The wine is well-balanced and has a long finish. Plenty of tannins still evolving so a decant or further aging is recommended.
Burrowing Owl Meritage 2016 is produced from 39% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit, Verdot and 3% Malbec sourced from Burrowing Owl Estate Vineyards. Dry, full-bodied and flavoursome with black cherry, blueberry, rich dark plum, dark chocolate, savoury herb, cake spice, toasted oak and smoky flavours on the palate. Well done. Enjoy with roast venison. - Community Wine Reviews

If you liked the Burrowing Owl Meritage 2016, you might also like these wines:




Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Pelee Island Winery Rosés
Cabernet Franc Rosé 2020,
South Islands, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario V.Q.A. ...

Natalie MacLean

Canada's Most Quoted Wine Writer

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 303,834 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award