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Balance Merlot Cabernet, 2020

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2020 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 13.5% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
Critic's Rating 91 pts
Appearing a dark ruby-purple colour in the glass, this balanced red blend shows ripe plums, raspberries, graphite, toasted oak and spice on the nose. Already round and approachable in its youth, it has a firm tannin structure that will allow it to age gracefully.

Pairing Suggestions: Try with bolognese and your favorite pasta, roast beef or a medium-firm aged cheese

Sweetness Level: Dry

Critic's Rating

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

Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
Varietals: Merlot (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%)
Vineyard: Concession 5 Vineyard and Lizak Farms
Residual Sugar: 1.8 g/L
Cases Produced: 475

Appearance: Deep purple colour.
Nose: Cedary, spicy, plum and blueberry nose with oak spice.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, elegant, floral plum and red berry flavours. Well-balanced and harmonious. Well-structured with ripe tannins.
Quality: 89 – 91 points – Wine Club Canada. Very Good+ / Outstanding. Can be opened now but will reward 1-2 years cellaring.

Food Pairing: Ribeye steak, coq au vin, red wine lamb burgers, crispy pork bites with creamy horseradish sauce, and black cherry-filled chocolate truffles.