92 Points, John Szabo MS, WineAlign.com 91 Points, David Lawrason, WineAlign.com 91 Points, Sara D’Amato, WineAlign.com 91 Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com
Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%
Fresh, fruity aromas of cherry, plum and blueberry mingle with spicy cassis and earthier cedar and leather. The mouth feel is fruity and plush. Flavours combine dark cherry, blackberry, cocoa and caramel, leaving a savoury-accented finish.
Picked late October and early November at the Stouck Family Vineyard as grape sugars averaged 22° Brix.
Components were crushed and divided for primary fermentation, some going to steel tank, some to oak cuve, and a portion of the merlot to concrete tank.
The wine was racked to French (58%) and American (42%) oak barrels to finish malolactic fermentation. Of the total, roughly 17% aged in new barrels. After nine months, the wine was transferred again for a further five months in either older barrels or 1,000-L oak casks.
When the finished wine was bottled, alcohol measured 13%, residual sugar 0.3 grams per litre, titratable acidity 6.5 grams per litre and pH 3.59.
Dry: 0.3 g residual sugar
Bottling in May 2019 filled 493 cases.
Food Companions Best enjoyed near 17° C. Pairs well with BBQ burgers (beef or veggie) grilled steak, short ribs or a root vegetable stew! Enjoy now to 2027.