Are you trying to effectively pair wines and Olympic events? Looking for a wine consultant with a degree in Physical Education? Tired of my questions? Look no further and lend me your ears and palate – it’s time for an Olympic Merlot. Canada has already won a gold medal so we can all relax and enjoy the next couple of days with a smooth red wine from BC. This is the 2nd J-T wine I’ve selected ( Jackson-Triggs Methode Cuvée ) but the first from the Okanagan Valley. I’m not usually a fan of Merlot – they often come across as soft and plummy – however, this one has won me over. It certainly has a time and a place and the time is now and the place is in front of my TV watching figure skating (the highest rated Olympic TV event in America). I also selected this wine for February’s tastings at the Red Brick Café .
JACKSON-TRIGGS Proprietors’ Reserve Merlot 2006
LCBO 543867 | Price: $ 14.95 Okanagan Valley, BC 14.5% Alcohol
The first things that strike me about this wine is that it is dark, dark red in colour with a very distinct nose of dried plums. The flavours of strong concentrated fruit with a touch of smoky oak on the finish are delicious. It is nicely balanced with some acidity, long velvety tannins, and an even longer finish.
This wine has figure skating written all over it – especially pairs. Smooth, lovely, mellow – can you think of another Olympic event that compliments Merlot better than that? Maybe curling, if they weren’t yelling “hurry hard – hurry” at me the entire time.