2016 Cabernet-Merlot 375ml

Estate Bottled | VQA — Niagara-on-the-Lake$6.95 376ml bottle | $83.40 case

2016 Cabernet-Merlot 375 ml, Estate Grown & Bottled

Paul Bosc and Amélie Boury's Winemaker's Notes

This Cabernet- Merlot is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from several different vineyards. We like to use a combination of sources for this wine to achieve a consistency in the bottle vintage to vintage. The juice underwent cold-soak maceration for the first three days with the remainder temperature controlled. A few months in French oak barrels added complexity and a hint of spice, but not to overpower the wonderful bouquet of strawberry and cassis. The tannins are nicely integrated and balanced. This wine is drinking well now but will continue to evolve in the bottle for several more years.

Miguel Fontalvo's vineyard manager's Notes

Cabernet Franc is one of  Niagara’s signature grape varieties and the most widely planted red vinifera in the Peninsula. We have blocks on three of our four vineyards dating back to 1985. Cabernet Sauvignon, while less widely planted in Niagara, has roughly the same acreage as Cabernet Franc in our vineyards. It is not generally known that Cabernet Sauvignon is the offspring of Cabernet Franc. It is an 18th century cross of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. All three varieties are native to the Bordeaux region of France. The grapes for this wine were grown exclusively in our own vineyards.