Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black cherries to match the nose along with some mocha notes, but where this wine lives is in the finish! On the medium to long finish the wine displays some firm tannins along with some nice dryness that builds nicely in the mouth. This wine is not a varietal Merlot, but not a bad wine none the less. I would give it an 88-89. If you like your wines edgy then this is a drink now and enjoy the complexity it has to offer. If you prefer your wines softer I suggest you wait a while. Might even be 2-5 years for the tannins to soften out.
From the LCBO web site:
Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Merlot 2012 — VINTAGES#: 563197
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Well-articulated aromas of ripe red fruit, dark berry, cassis, mocha and cocoa powder. Impressive replays, balance and freshness on the palate. Silky smooth and delicious. (VINTAGES panel, Sept. 2014) $24.95
Release Date:April 4, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in:Ontario, Canada By:Constellation Brands Inc. Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity