One of the several wine people I follow on Twitter mentioned a great, affordable red wine that would go with any holiday meal, and I had to check it out. The $12 price tag was too good to be true.
At this point, I can’t actually remember the specifics of the review I read, other than it gushed about this wine’s greatness. The LCBO reports it as fruity yet dry, with medium body. I have to agree with the LCBO on the dry factor. I found this wine to be so dry that it is unbalanced. I couldn’t detect much of the reported cherry-berry flavours because of this, which was a huge disappointment. I opened it before dinner to go with some bread and cheese and olives, and it really didn’t work. The finish is tart and tannic, and just left my mouth feeling dry and puckery.
I forgot about my glass of wine until dinner, which was a roasted lemon and garlic chicken with roasted potatoes, squash and mushrooms. I took a few sips with this hearty fare, and it was a whole new wine. Deep, smooth and balanced, a real complement to the meal. But later, I finished up my glass with a few pieces of chocolate and I was right back to finding it far too dry.
I’m not sure if I expect too much out of a wine, but I really want it to be great to drink before the meal, during and after. And this bottle let me down. Perhaps you could break it out just to go with the Christmas turkey at a big family meal, but for a regular day with only 2 people drinking, it’s not a fit.
Overall, I give this wine 7/10 for taste and 3/5 for value.