I bought this bottle on a whim. I was browsing the LCBO’s new Vintages release, and this bottle was the last of its kind left on the shelf. It was marked as a 90+ by Jay Miller, and I thought since it was clearly popular, it might be a worthwhile buy.
It has a promising blend of wines- Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc, and has a big, ripe 14% alcohol content. The label had me feeling optimistic. And my optimism was not misplaced- it really is a fantastic bottle. So fantastic that I’m going to take a moment to gripe that all the bottles in Kingston are sold and I will probably never get to drink this beauty again.
It started with a nice, earthy nose and was big, ripe and full-bodied, with a spicy-peppery finish. At first pour, the alcohol content had a bit of a bite, but once left in the glass to mellow a while, it was much smoother and more balanced.
It has all the best of the 3 grapes- Cab Sav for fruit, Shiraz for spice, and Cab Franc for smoothness. Well blended, Concha Y Toro. If only I could get 5 more of this bottle. Because for $15, this bottle is well worth stocking up on.
Overall, I give this bottle 9/10 for taste and 4.5 for value.