Inky dark in color with a mild nose. But this is about the only thing mild about this wine. On the mid palate the wine displays some jammyness, along with some big bold fruits. Dark cherries, chocolate and the like. There’s a hint of sweetness to the wine. On the long finish the wine has some strong peppery notes, some firm tannins, big acidity and some nice dryness. This is a young wine that could age well. If your going to drink it now be sure you are having it with something that can keep up to the wine or decant it. I would give it an 88-89. The LCBO description says Medium bodied and fruity I personally would say it’s more in the big and bold category.
This wine is made by Karlo estates which is in Prince Edward county. It is not uncommon for Prince Edward county wineries to bring grapes in from Niagara, VQA allows it. I emailed Karlo estates and they informed me that some of the grapes from this blend are from Niagara and some from the county, but declined to elaborate on which are from which. The bottle also has a warning saying it contains sulphites and this is not uncommon when trucking wine from Niagara to the county to avoid browning. If your ever in the county be sure and ask where the grapes for a particular bottle are from. Sometimes they are even 100% Niagara grapes just vinified in the county.
The wine itself is referred to as vegan. Ok I had to look that up. It means they used no animal products (like egg whites or gelatin and the like) in the fining of the wine.
From the LCBO web site:
Gilmour Corazón Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc — VINTAGES#: 440594
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
This wine is from Hockey Hall of Fame member Doug Gilmour. ‘Corazón’ translates to ‘heart,’ a term often used to describe Gilmour’s determination and drive. An engaging and complex nose that suggests ripe fruit, fresh herbs, chocolate, cedar, leather and cigar notes. The palate is intense, layered and complex and follows the nose beautifully. There is a fine elegance and vibrancy throughout that carries through the very long finish. This wine is Certified Vegan. (VINTAGES panel, April 2015) $22.95
Release Date:November 28, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in:Ontario, Canada By: Karlo Estates Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity. This is a VQA wine.
From the winery:
Sophisticated with a captivating garnet hue and flavours of bold, ripe fruit combined with spicy notes imparted from oak. Corazón features tastes of cassis and red cherry fruit intertwined with tobacco, earth and a hint of dark chocolate. It’s full in the mouth, yet balanced, finishing with smooth, chewy tannins. While structured for longevity, the wine drinks well now, especially if opened an hour or two in advance and served with a perfectly grilled entree.