Dark in color with a firm nose of dark cherries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark cherries coming through. The fruit is quite nice and fairly bold. It’s more reminiscent of a cab than a Merlot IMHO but there are some mild subtle plum notes. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice smooth tannins with the oak and alcohol well in check. We paired it with a baked macaroni in a red sauce and it went very well, holding it’s own. I would give it an 88-89. Quite nice.
From the LCBO web site:
Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2012 — VINTAGES#: 131540
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
The 2012 vintage has been very kind to Featherstone. This is another solid [offering] from the winery’s red portfolio. The nose shows inviting raspberry, cherry and plum aromas with light spice. It’s lush and smooth on the palate with medium weight showing flavours of raspberry, plums, licorice and spice with a smooth delivery through the long finish. Score – 90. (Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, July 13, 2014) $19.95
Release Date:January 10, 2015 Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in:Ontario, Canada By: Featherstone Estate Winery Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity