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2014 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:
90% Beamsville Bench (Cave Spring Vineyard); 10% Lincoln Lakeshore  
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench – limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale; Lincoln Lakeshore - clay loam till overlying red shale  
 
Composition:
56% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot  
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Oct. 29 - 30
Sugar- 22.2º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 6.98 g/L
pH- 3.28
Yield- 4 tonnes/acre (69 hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
A 14-day maceration was followed by gentle pressing and aging for 17 months in predominantly older French, Hungarian and American oak barriques. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- August 2016
Alc./Vol. 13.5%
Residual Sugar- 3.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.45 g/L
pH- 3.55
Production- 1175 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
Aromas of cassis, graphite, cedar and tobacco leaf, with hints of plum and smoky oak; medium in body with sweet black cherry up front, the mid-palate is quite juicy with firm yet supple seam of tannins and hints of mineral complexity; the tannins persist on the finish, closing the palate with a dry, firm feel and lots of ripe cherry fruit and barrel spice.  
 
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 2018. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$16.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Wines (#407270)
LCBO Item #407270
 
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