TOP BENCH RED VQA

Cost: $13.95
Grape Variety: Merlot, Syrah, Cab Sauvignon & Pinot Noir
Category: Wine
Appellation: LCBO
Country: Canada
Region: Niagara Peninsula
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery
Alcohol: 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Peninsula Ridge Winery has blended Merlot, Syrah, Cab Sauvignon & Pinot Noir. Pinot seems to dominate on site, nose & taste. I had a guest at Go Cooking (Hamilton Spectator), which I served this wine, and she said it so precisely describing this wine as “a lot going on, but it doesn’t know what direction it wants to go.” But she agreed that this is a good wine for the value.

The colour is medium minus ruby to garnet & medium+ intensity on the nose. The nose shows light cedar, cherry, rhubarb, cranberry, black pepper, forest with hints if a smoldering campfire. Taste is dry, medium minus tannins, medium acidity, medium minus body, medium+ length & balanced. The taste shows notes of cherry, rhubarb, cranberry, leather, pepper, light cedar, blueberry, plum & slate. This wine is easy drinking on it’s own or pair it with roasted duck.

Tasted 21 Aug 11.

Score: 8/10, Value: 9.5/10, Total: 17.5/20.

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3

LCBO: #226811

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