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Cuvée Winona, 2020

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2020 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 14% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
Critic's Rating 92 pts

61% Merlot
39% Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

This blended wine always over-delivers massively for the price. Blackberry, cassis, raspberry and mulberry instantly appear on the nose, with lilac, cracked white pepper, licorice and pancetta following closely behind. On the palate, the warmth and weight of the 2020 vintage is immediately evident, with a very broad and weighty mid-palate featuring plum, wild-blueberry, and strawberry layered over dark-chocolate and graphite with wisps of herbs-de-Provence and black olive fading in and out. The powerful but soft tannins make it satisfying to drink now with a good decant, but it will certainly age well over the next 5-8 years. Great with burgers, cured meat, and hard cheese.

Winemaking Notes

The grapes were handpicked on October 14th (Merlot) and 31st (Cabernet Franc from two vineyards) . Each portion of the wine was vinified and aged separately. They were hand sorted, destemmed and placed into stainless steel open top tank (Merlot) and into a concrete tank (Cabernet Franc together) for fermentation. After a 5-day cold soak the grapes began fermentation and underwent pump-overs twice a day for 4 weeks. After 5 weeks total on skins, each wine was gently pressed and racked into oak barrels (15% new) for aging where it remained for 12 months. It was blended when racked out of barrel, allowed to settle and bottle unfined and unfiltered at the end of May, 2022.

Critic's Rating

- Tony Aspler
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The 2020 vintage was a featured wine in May 2023's Wine Club package.

Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Varietals: Merlot (61%), Cabernet Franc (39%)
Vineyard: Various Niagara Peninsula vineyards
Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
Cases Produced: 620

Appearance: Deep ruby in colour with a purple rim.
Nose: Cedary, tobacco, blueberry and blackcurrant bouquet with oak spice.
Palate: Medium- to full-bodied, dry, elegant, firmly structured, blueberry and currant flavours with well-integrated oak.
Quality: 90 – 92 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding. Hold 1 – 2 years.

Food Pairing: Filet mignon with garlic butter, lamb tikka flatbread, chicken salad with feta and grilled peaches, hamburgers stuffed with bacon, onion, and cheese, and Egyptian koshary with tomatoes and crispy cauliflower.