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TASTING NOTES: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. Unwavering in popularity, quality and value since the inaugural 1999 vintage, Laura's Red deserves the flagship status we accord it. The 2012 vintage is comprised from all 5 red Bordeaux varieties plus a little Syrah for fun. A big blend with big flavours of plum, cassis, clove spice, black pepper and toasty oak notes on the finish. Full bodied and complex, this vintage is a great one to lay down for extended aging.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Osso Bucco, beef stew, grilled beef or lamb or duck lasagna.
WINEMAKER’S PRODUCTION NOTES: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. The majority of the grapes for this blend were harvested from select lots across the Niagara Peninsula in mid-October. Following a 2 day cold soak on the skins, the juice was fermented in one ton bins and stainless steel tanks. After fermentation the wine was pressed and racked to barrels where it aged a further 20 months. The barrel composition for the blend was 75% French oak and 25% American oak, with 15% being new oak. After extensive tasting and blending trials, the final assemblage was bottled August 12th, 2014.
Production: 2700 cases
Sugar: 4.1 g/L (dry)
TA 6.23 g/L
Awards & Ratings
- Gord Stimmell | Toronto Star
- InterVin International Wine Awards 2015, Silver Medal
- 2016 All Canadian Wine Championships, Silver
90/100 "This combines all five Bordeaux red grapes and adds a smidge of Syrah, about 4%, because Power likes the “spice it brings.” A great wine for $20 with an expressive nose of black currants, ripe black cherry, blackberries and a lovely spicy-oak note. It is substantive and bold on the palate with thick black fruits, cherry, pepper, licorice and fine tannins. Should age well."
- Rick VanSickle | WinesInNiagara.com
90/100 - This is the best Laura's red yet with its lifted elegant nose of black cherry and blackberry fruit toned by mild licorice, smokey bacon and sweet coriander. It is midweight and very juicy with soft balancing acidity and fine tannin that appears more evident on the finish. Very good length. Fine now but will benefit from some bottle age. Best 2015 to 2022
- Steve Thurlow | WineAlign.com
Geographical Indication: Niagara Peninsula VQA, Ontario
Vineyard: Select lots across the Niagara Peninsula
Appearance: Clear, medium-plus intense opaque core with thin ruby rim.
Nose: Medium-plus intense characters of ripe plums, black cherries, blackberries, baking spice, wood smoke.
Palate: The wine is medium-plus bodied with medium acid and medium, soft tannins. There are medium-plus intense characters of ripe fruit, cherries, plums, blackberries, licorice, and faint cedar and woody notes.
Quality: This is very good quality wine with a nose steeped in dark berry fruits and baking spice, a juicy palate, bright and fresh finish, and a medium-plus length. The tannins are soft, yet present. I would drink this wine now to enjoy its freshness, although it has the structure to age and will likely pick up complexities over the next 2-3 years.
Food Pairings: This is great BBQ wine—grilled T-bone steaks, burgers, venison sausages, grilled Portobello mushrooms, roasted vegetables with sage and rosemary.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
Laura's Red is one of Creekside Estate's flagship wines. It perfectly balances freshness with dark, earthy notes, and has been offering some of the best value from Niagara since its inaugural 1999 vintage. The 2012 vintage was consistently hot and sunny, and is considered one of the best on record for reds in Niagara. Thanks to such favourable weather, the 2012 blend includes all five Bordeaux varieties, plus a touch of Syrah (45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot). The majority of the grapes were harvested in mid-October and fermented in separate tanks before being pressed and racked into oak barrels. The oak regiment included 75% American oak barrels and 25% French oak barrels with 15% of the total being new oak. The wine was aged for 20 months before being blended and bottled. The end result is delicious and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Save it for a BBQ, or pack it along on your next camping trip.
- Jake Skakun, @JakeSkakun