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|DREAM 2015 VQA Niagara Peninsula
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
||THE FOREIGN AFFAIR
|Extremely deep intense purple colour. Mature, intense, herbal, dusty, stewed apple-plum nose with lots of cedary notes. Off dry, medium-full bodied, dense, very cedary, peppery, somewhat baked, intense, mature apple-plum flavours with a lingering, high acid, somewhat herbal, fairly bitter finish. This REPEAT is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. It has 14% alcohol and 4 g/L residual sugar with some 15% of the blend comes from grapes that were dried for four months appassimento style. The 2015 (*) with 83-points was last released on June 9, 2018 at $29.95. Not my style.
||Red Table Wine
Mature, Herbal, Intense, Bitter
|TASTING NOTE: 15% of the juice from this Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot blend comes [from] grapes that were dried for four months appassimento style. The finished wine then spends 16 months in oak barrels before final blending and bottling. It is complex and expressive on the nose with aromas of figs, blackberries, sweet spices, leather/cedar, tobacco, anise and dark cherries. It's a densely coloured wine in the glass and unfolds on the palate in layers of dark fruits, leather, eucalypt, licorice and a range of wood spices all supported by ripe, assertive tannins. Laying this down for at least two years is a must to give it time to all come together. If you can't wait, try decanting it for at least two hours. Score - 90 (Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, April 13, 2018)
||vintages release - November 10, 2018
||111 (12 bottles per case)
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Score: - Poor * Very Basic
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