Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Blend Double Noir 2015

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Canada — Ontario • $18.95 • 89/100

This is a second wine in Thirty Bench’s new Winemaker’s Blend series, that brings in fruit from outside the estate —in this case 100% from Niagara-on-the-Lake. As the name suggests, it is a blend of Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir, and the ratio is 60-40 Gamay to Pinot. The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak. It is medium ruby-red in colour. Pretty cherry, raspberry and blackberry aromas replay on the palate, where the lively acidity and fine but persistent tannins tighten and centre the fruit nicely, leaving a savoury undertone, and leading to a crisp, lingering finish. Firm and elegant. (Price expected to be just under $20.) • Tasted 2017-01-13 • LCBO id#493973 • Find it at your nearest LCBO

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