Wine Review - 2012 Vintage Ink Merlot-Cabernet: A Pretty Good Niagara Blend

We are way past being on task with posting but here's a new one for your reading pleasure. We've had a couple of Niagara wines this week and this one is the latest from Vintage Ink Wines.

The wine is medium in body which has a slight transparency to it. It has a slightly crimson colour with a hint of mahogany at the edges. The legs are very slow in the glass and make it seem like a thick wine which it isn't.

The nose is plummy with a hint of raspberries and toasted oak. It is a very nice smelling wine but not really that complex. There are some volatile alcohol notes that make the wine seem to smell a bit medicinal but not in a bad way.

The medicinal notes carry over to the flavor profile but again not in a bad way. It doesn't have the barnyard nature we love from Niagara wines but it tastes pretty good. It is a tart and tannic wine that comes across as slightly thin which makes sense given the transparent nature of the wine. The notes of sour cherry and black currants are the dominant flavours which make for a tasty wine. We like it. We know it's not estate made but it tastes alright. We freely admit we have a soft spot for Ontario wine.

   Tasting Notes: Score:
Sight (0-5) Medium body, slow legs with mahogany at the edges. 4.0
Smell (0-5) Medicinal nose with notes of plum, raspberry, and toasted oak. 4.0
Taste (0-10) Tart and tannic with sour cherries and black currants on the palate. 8.0
  Total: 16.0 / 20 (80%)

We got this as a sale wine at just over $15 and it's totally worth that price. The retail price locally is a touch high but it's not a bad wine to bring to a dinner party.

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon


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