2001 Creekside Estate Winery Laura’s Blend Meritage
Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
Wine Rating: 89
Uncorked: 2007.07.04 served with grilled burgers
Another wine discovery from Canada’s Niagara Peninsula — a region I have recently discovered and enjoyed. This “Meritage” is a Bordeaux-style blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Merlot. It is almost sparkly in its deep ruby color. The nose is pretty big with cherry and dark plum aromas, with subtle tones of tobacco, chocolate and cedar. In the mouth it has lots of cherry and dried cranberry fruit with an earthy, woody spice and loamy richness. It is very round in the mouth. Layers of flavor come to life as the wine opens up. The oak is solid, the tannins are substantial, but it’s all in balance. It’s an interesting blend of old world earthiness and new world fruitiness. I like the wine very much, and continue to be surprised by this region’s qualilty wine offerings.
$15.61 [US] Purchased at the Creekside Estate Winery