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

Merlot Merlot
Ontario, Canada

$17.95 (270504)

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  • 4.44.4

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Jan 04, 2014

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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.

4.44.4
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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.

4.34.3
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Norm N
Norm N

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.

4.34.3
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