This wine caught my curiosity in that it is aged in whiskey barrels … Dark in color with a soft red berry nose. On the mid palate there are some soft red berries, cherries and the like. On the medium length finish … bam there it is solid dominant and overwhelming whiskey notes. This is NOT a subtle flavor. It’s really noticeable, and really overwhelming. There are some soft tannins and acidity. This isn’t a bad wine, but so not to my taste. To be honest, if I had some more left over, I’d take it back. I would give it an 86 at best. Yuck 🙁 Consider this a public service announcement … that is all.
From the LCBO web site:
Wayne Gretzky Whisky Oak Aged Red 2017
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc — VINTAGES#: 617738
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
About 25% of this Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend was matured in whisky barrels. Ripe and beautifully textured, this is very enjoyable. Red cherry, blackcurrant and a good mix of lifted dark fruit and sweet spices with smoke and vanilla. This is long and luxurious with a velvety texture and moderately drying tannins. The whisky barrel ageing is noticeable but does not dominate; it’s marvellously integrated. Ideal for lamb stew. (Vintages panel, Aug. 2018) $19.95
Release Date: September 15, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.3% Made in: Ontario, Canada By:Andrew Peller Limited Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry