This winter i’ve committed to trying new wines at the LCBO and i think i’ve found the best aisle in the store – Argentina to the right of me and Chile to the left. I’m no historian but it seems like these countries even get along. They coexistence peacefully in the wine store at least.
Right now my new favourite wine for under $10 is the Santa Rita 120 Cab Franc / Carmenere / Cab Sav blend. I like the fresh Cabernet Franc taste and i love the price.
Hey, turns out that “120” refers to 120 Chilean freedom fighters who took on the Spanish Independence war of 1814 and hid in the Santa Rita cellars. Doesn’t sound very peaceful anymore.
Ontario makes great Cabernet Franc wines because Cabernet Franc is Ontario’s best red wine varietal. That’s my Hemingway-esque declarative statement for the day. I also could have used “It was a good wine because it was an honest wine” – but that seemed dangerously close to plagiarism.
It’s what we drank this weekend with an enormous rack of pork. Cab Franc has a bit of a vegetal / grassy taste to it that reminds me of new green grass or capers. This one was also slightly sour or tangy, but the tannins were perfect.
|ROSEHALL RUN COLD CREEK CABERNET FRANC 2008
VINTAGES 149039 | Price: $ 18.95
Drank another great local wine this weekend. Eastdell’s Black Cab is a blend of Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon – arguably (and I am willing to argue with anyone on this) 3 of the best red wine varietals that grow in Ontario.
42% Baco Noir, 27% Cab Franc, and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon – dark fruits from the Baco, a green grass acidity from the Franc, depth and tannins from the Cab Sav. This is a great wine!
EASTDELL BLACK CAB VQA
LCBO 609875 | Price: $ 12.95
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
Black Cab™ is crafted from varieties that grow well in Niagara’s cool climate: Baco Noir and Cabernet. Crimson in colour showing aromas of dark berry fruits, vanilla, raspberry, cranberry and spice on the nose. Deep brooding dark fruit characters typical of Baco Noir are present on the palate with black cherry and blackberry flavours, bright tannins and great balance. Drink now or cellar for 3-4 years.
It’s time to panic. It seems to me that nobody has taken notice of the fact that the upcoming year of 2010 is actually more binary than the year 2000. I’m concerned that everybody is ignoring this potential Armageddon. Dust off your Y2K generator and fill up your basement shelter with canned goods and bottled water. Its Y210K people and it’s scary!
If I am right, and I’m pretty sure that I am, I need to get a small collection of wines to see me through this event. This will hold me over until Al Gore gets everything fixed (did he really win a Nobel Prize or did I imagine that?).
Don’t just go out and get some wine – buy it by the case – buy it in a state of panic, it’s Y210K! Actually, buy it by the half case so that you have more variety to drink during this crisis.
December’s release from Vintages has some great choices for a half case. 2007 was a great Niagara vintage and Ontario makes a great Cabernet Franc so pick either …
Premium Red – Inniskillin’s 2007 Reserve Series Cabernet Franc and was rated 90 by Natalie MacLean. It would be great with or without canned food.
Value Red- Jackson-Triggs 2007 Proprietors’ Reserve Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon (LCBO 560680 $12.95) is a great deal and a great wine. I featured it at Red Brick Cafe in September to rave reviews. That reminds me to put several bags of coffee in my bunker.
Also, both of these wineries are also located within a short distance of Guelph so I can bike there to get some more if I need to.
If the other person in your bunker likes white wine then I have a couple of choices from Chile…
Premium White – Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Vintages 135426 $15.95).
Value White – had the Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc on the LCBO list at a party last night and loved it. It is a little light but brave enough for times like this.
Times like these demand planning – don’t get caught without good wine for the end times.