2010 Smoke & Gamble Reserve Cab/Merlot mini review

This wine is from Port Dover? I have to admit I had no idea there were wineries in Port Dover! I tasted this one at the Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival. This wine is a blend of 49.5% Merlot, 37.2% Cab Franc, and 13.3% Cab Sauv. Dark in color with a nice nose of red berries, consistent with a cab. I don’t get much merlot off the nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice red berries, cherries to match the nose. The wine is one the lighter side of medium in length with some gentle tannins and some nice dryness that builds in the mouth. I have to say I was quite surprised by this wine. I’d love to find a bottle to do a more thorough review of the wine and see how it holds up to to food. I would give this wine an 88-89. Given the price it’s not a bad deal. Checkout the winery’s web site for more info.

From the LCBO web site:

SMOKE & GAMBLE RESERVE CABERNET/MERLOT 2010 VINTAGES 332825 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 18.95
This is a VQA wine
Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Dover Vineyards Limited
Release Date: Apr 27, 2013
Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Wine, Red Wine 13.6% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Very deep ruby in appearance. The nose offers up suggestions of red and black currants with red and black cherry, all accented by vanilla and cocoa notes. So smooth in the mouth! The lovely mouthfeel is further enhanced by structured tannins. Ripe, approachable and very well put together. This is one to be excited about, especially alongside beef skewers, fajitas or steak-topped pizza. (VINTAGES panel, March 2013)


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