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TERROIR CACHÉ 2017 Unfiltered, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer HIDDEN BENCH
Assessed from a bottle provided by the winery. I was excited to review this wonderful red what turned out to be a fine vintage. Very deep intense purple colour. Attractive, intense, gently spicy, lovely, ripe plummy, cassis-black-cherry nose with some very faintly herbal, mineral-driven, cedary notes. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, very well structured, intense, youthful, ripe plum-cassis-cherry flavours with a lingering, bright, gently cedary, high-acid, mineral-driven finish. Perfection with a rib steak. This 13.5 % alcohol totally new blend is now 47% Merlot, 29% Malbec and 26% Cabernet Franc (no Cabernet Sauvignon) are all organically grown and aged for 20 months in French oak (55% new, 5% 2nd fill, 10% 3rd and 30% neutral). It has only .85 g/L residual sugar and has not been fined and/or filtered meaning that it should age well and even improve over the next decade or so, especially with its hefty 6.8 g/L total acidity (despite having full secondary fermentation in barrel). It has terrific grippy mouthfeel and needs another 5+ years to develop. The recommended 2016 (***) was released on November 23, 2019 at $44.95. CSPC 505610
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Mar Ant
Country Canada
Region Ontario
Rating ***/***+(95 points)
Extracty, Ripe, Complex, Youthful
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: The 2017 vintage has not yet been reviewed, but this is a consistently highly rated red blend from Niagara. Expect a generous, fruit-filled wine expressing bold black cherry, lifted red fruit, oak spice and smoke. Perennially elegant and refined, it's an easy choice when you're looking to make an impression. Pair with lamb or braised beef. Price $ 44.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - November 28, 2020
Cases bought 87 (12 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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