Mastronardi Merlot/Cabernet 2008, VQA Lake Erie North Shore

Cabernet/Merlot Cabernet/Merlot
Ontario, Canada

$14.75 (273730)

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April 14, 2012

Critic Reviews (2)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

A mature, leafy, earthy example of merlot-cab from Lake Erie's north shore. The palate is mid-weight and dusty, with...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

Mastronardi was founded in 2006 with veteran Lake Erie winemaker Lyse Leblanc at the helm. The family owns over 100...

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Community Reviews (1)

Gary Killops
Gary Killops

Do yourself a big favour and decant this wine. If you pull the cork, and pour and glass right away you will be missing much of what this wine has to offer. After about 30 minutes the wine really opens up.

This is a big wine, the label says 13% but come across a bit hotter on the palate. Once decanted the higher alcohol really finds a nice balance with the fruits and secondary flavours. It will be a nice winter “warm ya up” wine to sip on.

Both the nose and taste will offer the earthy notes immediately after opening, once the wine itself is exposed juicy black cherry notes, vanilla, new leather, and even hints of chocolate find their into the mix. You should be rewarded by cellaring this one, the tannins are still a bit grippy, and should resolve nicely over the next few years.

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