With two of these in the cellar it was time to ‘crack’ open a bottle and test out this premium Peller Estates wine. A true ‘first growth’ the Andrew Peller Signature Series range is the best the vineyard has to offer of each of its varietals or blends. This merlot is from the hot summer of 2007, a year which has shown great fruit and good cellaring potential. Most premium region reds have 3-7 years still left in bottle to evolve and improve. So what about this wine you may ask? Look no further!
A dark inky red greets your eyes as black cherry hits your nostrils. A few swirls in the glass and tobacco starts to rear his head. The first sips reveal firm tannins and subtle fruit. The finish is long and the wine is well balanced. The fruit gives way to cinnamon and Cuban cigars (what can I say the tobacco was large). Overall this is a very good Niagara merlot with the fruit being strong and the winemaking skillful. A good value at $38.
The CWG Subjective Rating is 89 out of 100.