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|SPECK FAMILY RESERVE CABERNET/MERLOT 2012 VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
||HENRY OF PELHAM
|Extremely deep intense purple colour. Intense, complex, very slightly spicy, ripe plum-cherry nose with some cedary sandalwood notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, well structured, slightly spicy, intense, bright ripe plum-cherry-cassis puree flavours with a lingering, gently cedary, fairly high acid, still youthful, somewhat herbal finish. The best is yet to come. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grown in the Short Hills Bench has 14% alcohol and 3 g/L residual sugar and 5.2 g/L total acidity. The recommended 2010 (***) with 90-points was released on November 26, 2016 at $39.95. TONY ASPLER / 92-points / BEST BUY - Cedary, black cherry and blackcurrant bouquet with oak spice; medium to full-bodied, dry, richly extracted black fruit flavours; well-balanced and youthful with a note of cinnamon on the finish.
||Red Table Wine
Complex, Dense, Classy, Ripe
||Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
|TASTING NOTE: The warm 2012 is an ideal vintage for this very specific cabernets and merlot blend, a wine as deliberate and iconic to the Niagara effort as any that have come before or currently exist. The vintage falls into a line that remembers 1998 and 2002 (with a half wink for 2007 and three-quarters nod to 2010). The brightness of red fruit and the dusty grounding of that fruit into earth integrates quietly and when acidity joins, the balance is pitch perfect. The fineness of that acidity will allow the mild astringency and dark chocolate by barrel to melt with slow dripping ooze into proper and educated tannin. Is this Cabernet-Merlot Speck Family Reserve one for the ages? In a word yes and likely to rival that 1998 for a 15 year run through excellence. Drink 2017-2027. Tasted May 2017. Score - 93 (Michael Godel, winealign.com, Sept. 10, 2017)
||vintages release - June 23, 2018
||102 (6 bottles per case)
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