2011 Coffin Ridge Back from the Dead Red mini review

I blogged a little bit ago about a visit to Hoity Toity cellars just outside Walkerton. We stopped by Coffin Ridge just outside Collingwood to see what they are up to. I discovered they are doing some similar varietals to Hoity Toity. From the Frontenac Gris, to the Marquette. Grapes from the University of Minnesota. I last blogged about the 2010 Back from the Dead red and enjoyed it. In 2010 the wine was 100% Maréchal Foch. This time around it’s a blend of 78% Foch, 11% Merlot and 11% Cab Franc. The label identifies it as Cabernet. I asked them where they got the Cab/Merlot from and they said Niagara. So only the foch is local. It is a VQA wine. Dark in color with lots of dark berries on the nose. On the mid pallet the Niagara Cab Franc is dominant (which I love) with some nice dryness on the finish. The mid pallet has some lovely fruit forward notes. This is a lovely wine. I would give it a solid 89. But it is worth noting, IMHO the wine owes the majority of it’s yumminess to the Niagara Cab Franc 🙁

From the lcbo web site:
COFFIN RIDGE BACK FROM THE DEAD RED 2011 VINTAGES 260463 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 17.00
Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Coffin Ridge Winery
Release Date: Oct 26, 2013
11.2% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity
Varietal: Maréchal Foch Sugar Content: 6 g/L

Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
The blend here is 80% Maréchal Foch, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet. Fresh and lively (despite the name!) with notions of currants, wild blueberry, plum and smoke. It’s juicy, fruity and lithe on the palate with a nice crisp acid backbone. Enjoy with autumn stews or lamb burgers. (VINTAGES panel, Sept. 2013)


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