REVIEW: 2009 Cabernet-Merlot, Estate Bottled
I’m not sure you’ll find a better red blend at this price point in Niagara. The thing about the 2009 vintage, it wasn’t noted for its big red varietals, but des Charmes declassified its top fruit destined for the Equuleus (and other top reds) and it ended up in this wine with the bargain-price of $13. The nose shows crushed currants, cassis, plums and red fruits to go with toasted oak spices, mocha and vanilla. Surprisingly ripe cassis-cherry fruit sings on the palate with added raspberry and blackberry fruit to go with firm tannins and uplifting acidity. A nice wine for $13. 88 points
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