Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate there’s some mild cherry and plum notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins and acidity, nice and dry. This is a fruit forward, varietal merlot. Pair it with some softer food, like salmon. I would give it an -88.
By the way, for a limited time The Wine Shops (which for me is the wine store on the way out of Longos) has a promotion that if spend $35 on wine, they give you a gift certificate for $10! I buy some of the Thirty Bench as well as Trius wines there which I have reviewed on the blog.
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Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Reserve Merlot 2016 — VINTAGES#: 257311
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Aged for 16 months in French oak, this single-vineyard Merlot serves up juicy cherry, blackberry, cedar and spice with wisps of chocolate and vanilla. Lovely intensity, texture and length. A great choice for beef tenderloin in a rosemary-and-red-wine reduction. (Vintages panel, Sept. 2018) $19.95
Release Date:February 2, 2019
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in:Ontario, Canada By: Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal:Merlot This is a VQA wine.