13th Street Merlot 2012, VQA Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula

Merlot Merlot
Ontario, Canada

$17.95 (270504)

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89 pts
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January 04, 2014

Critic Reviews (4)

Michael Godel
Michael Godel

One word for you babe. Steal. What we have here is a really fine vintage for a Creek Shores appellation's unique...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Here's a deeply coloured and quite intensely scented red from Jean-Pierre Colas, another wine in a string of fine...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This is among the best reds yet made by Jean-Pierre Colas at 13th Street. It has a typical merlot nose with ripe...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

This merlot is traditionally reminiscent of Christmas cake or sticky toffee pudding without the sweetness. Undeniably...

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Community Reviews (3)

Mike de Maria
Mike de Maria

The first Ontario red I've tasted from the much heralded 2012 vintage, and if we can produce this level of quality at the $18 price range, we are in for a real treat at the upper end.

Very fragrant and open nose with ripe black fruits (blackberries, black currants), herbs, and I like the 'wet clay' description. The alcohol is a little pronounced at first, but after 30 minutes or so it integrates well with the fruit.

I'm impressed by the level of depth, concentration, structure, balance, and overall deliciousness for a sub $20 Ontario red. Can't wait to try more.

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David Brodati
David Brodati

A ruby red merlot, 13th Street's 2012 offering reflects the vibrant fruit of the vintage. Fruity aromas of red berry and plum lead the way, followed by a vegetal herbaciousness and tobacco. The ripe fruit carries through on the palate with a medium to fuller bodied mouthfeel. Tannins are firm and grippy and there's pronounced alcohol heat (decant at least an hour) and a lengthy finish. The wine isn't fully integrated yet - it could use mid term cellaring. Would pair well with veal chops, braised ribs or beef stew. January 2014.

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It's only wine but I like it
It's only wine but I like it

Fairly full-bodied, with notes of ripe red berries, and plums. Somewhat herbaceous, as I have come to expect from Niagara Bordeaux variety reds, but the ripe vintage has kept this feature from becoming over-bearing in this wine. No signs or oak (because there wasn't any used! 100% aged in stainless steel). Well made, but needing another year or two to soften. Wish we'd se a few more good Niagara reds in this price range. Tasted Feb 2014.

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