2012 Ridgepoint Cab/Merlot/Aglianco

I’ve been a fan of Ridgepoint for a long time now. The people are amazing and it’s lovely to see them bring their Italian roots to Niagara! At my recent visit they shared that they are working on growing Glera, the grape primarily used in Proseccos to Niagara. This particular wine is dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich elegant dark fruits, dark cherries, mocha, and some mild peppery notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth dryness, tannins and acidity. This is very nice well made wine. I would give it an 88-89. We paired it with cheese ravioli in tomato sauce and it was yummy. Held it’s own without overwhelming the food. You will have to visit the winery to get this wine for $30 a bottle. If you do go, be sure and include some time in their country kitchen for lunch, or in the summer on their patio. Did I mention I’m a fan 🙂 The Aglianco was sourced from Vieni who have sadly decided to stop growing this grape, so get while the getting is good. Did I mention yum? I thought not 🙂

From the Winery’s web site:

This unique blend was crafted using Cabernet Sauvignon (39%), Cabernet Franc (19%), Merlot (38%) and wine made from dried Aglianico (4%) grapes.  Bold and full bodied, this wine has a dark ruby colour and intense aromas and flavours of wild berries, plum, cassis and dried fruits.  This wine can be enjoyed now but the wine will age gracefully over the next several years.

Enjoy with family and friends served with Bistecca all Fiorentina, Pasta Bolognese, or an aged Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

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