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2013 Cabernet Merlot

VQA Niagara Escarpment
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About This Wine:
This cuveé of Cabernet Franc and Merlot originates from hillside vineyards along the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario. Limestone-clay soils, elevation and moderating on-shore breezes combine to produce a wine with the distinctive mint-berry character typical of these grape varieties in our terroir. 
 
Origin:
87% Beamsville Bench (Cave Spring Vineyard); 13% Creekshores 
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench – limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale; Creekshores – clay & clay loam till over red shale  
 
Composition:
45% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon  
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Oct. 21 - 30
Sugar- 22.8º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 5.77g/L
pH- 3.44
Yield- 4 tonnes/acre (69 hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
A 14-day maceration was followed by gentle pressing and aging for 15 months in predominantly older French, Hungarian and American oak barriques. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- Feb. 2015
Alc./Vol. 13.5%
Residual Sugar- 3.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.55 g/L
pH- 3.62
Production- 1,200 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
Bright aromas of blackberry and raspberry mingle with notes of tarragon, mocha and licorice on the nose. Medium in body, the wine is nicely rounded up front and displays a complex harmony of fine-grained tannins, smoke, dark chocolate, mint and cassis in the middle. The finish displays a refreshing and lengthy mix of fresh black currants, cedar and fresh herbs. 
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
Ratatouille; Eggplant Parmesan; pasta with Bolognese sauce; beef and barley soup; pulled pork; beef roast or stew; roasted game birds (e.g., Cornish hen, quail)  
 
Ageability:
Approachable on release, this vintage will continue to develop until at least 2017. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$16.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Wines (#407270)
LCBO Item #407270
 
Reviews & Accolades:
Steve Thurlow, Wine Align, 89 points: This is an excellent vintage for this midweight well balanced red with some elegance to nose and palate. Expect aromas of red and black cherry fruit with pencil lead and subtle oak spice. The palate is fruity with a good depth of flavour and it is well balanced by soft tannin with a long pure fruit finish. Elegance comes from the fine acid balance not often found in such an inexpensive wine. Very good length. Best 2016 to 2019. Tasted January 2016.
 

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