Peninsula Ridge Cabernet Merlot VQA

imageLCBO#: 261305
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery
Year: 2013

This red wine blend is composed of Cabernet and Merlot, and it shows in the red colour… being not as dark like Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet notes are present with tobacco and leather, but much milder. Lots of berries all around. Raspberries, cherries, blackberries, etc. Medium-light tannins and dryness. Goes down well and is nice with food. A pretty good blended red wine with a classy look.

Rating: 3.6/5

Black Cellar Blend 4 Merlot

LCBO#: 387167
Price: $10.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Roundpetal Wines

This Merlot is composed of 4 different blends. The label is pretty and classy for an inexpensive wine. Decent aromas of cherries and other berries at first pour. Mild vanilla notes, and eventually, hints of tobacco and leather comes out. Not much tannins, but still a nice mouthfeel with the balanced dryness. Black cherry taste with some softer red grape juices. Some yeast stays on the tongue with time, and that is the worst of this blend. Other than that, not bad as a table red wine.


Beringer White Merlot 2013

imageTotal Wine #: 92377750
Price: $4.49 (US)
Made in: California, USA
By: Beringer Vineyards

Celebrating Christmas with this one the was brought back from the States. Mild berry scent with light sweetness and hints of sourness. The taste is a little stronger. Strawberry notes with very light dryness/bitterness in the finish. Pretty nice easy rose to have among friends.

Rating: N/A

Curious Beasts Blood Red (Rouge Sang)

20131027-180943.jpgSAQ code: 12109986
Price: $18.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Truett Hurst
Varietal: Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel

Got this red wine at the SAQ as the wrapper around the bottle caught our eye. Had a pirate kind of feel, tied up around the neck of the bottle with an elastic. Smells like nothing at first, as really too mild. After breathing half-an-hour, it does release cherries, black berries and some mild leather. The mouthfeel is a little too tarty with the yeast. The nose started milder than the taste, but eventually beats it. Still, nothing really good, but a nice packaging. Inked blood along the cork. That’s nice.

Rating: 2.2/5

Devil’s Wishbone 80/20 red wine 2011

20131013-221651.jpgMade in: North Marysburgh, Ontario, Canada
By: Devil’s Wishbone
Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Thanks to our friend for bringing this one back from the winery. Seems to be one of their first release, blended with 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. Decent aromas with some leather notes and cherries. Hints of sourness and wood and eventually earth. The sourness is not really present in the taste, but the wood does show. This creates some dry mouthfeel. Just not much tannins. The taste is pretty mild though. Kind of watery with a short finish and light yeast lingering. Nothing offensive, but a little too mild to be an average red wine. Does get stronger after breathing a while.

Rating: 2.3/5

Emiliana Adobe Reserva Merlot

20131010-204331.jpgLCBO#: 322024
Price: $12.95
Made in: San Antonio Valley, Chile
By: Vinedos Emiliana S.A.
Varietal: Merlot

This is one of our first Organic wine experience (the first one being this same winery, last year, with their white). Smells weak at first, but gets stronger with time. Cherries with a little tobacco. The taste unfortunately stays mild. Decent plums and berries, but finishes quickly and only tart is left on the tongue. Good in the way that it does not offend because it is organic. Just too mild overall.

Rating: 2.9/5

Legends Diva Merlot-Malbec


LCBO#: 179135
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Legends Estate Winery
Varietal: Merlot, Malbec

This blended red is a mix of Merlot and Malbec. Aromas of berries with some good cherry notes. Earthy taste with some nice sweetness, very light sourness and decent mild tannins and yeast. Even plums and prunes come out to balance things. An easy drinking sweeter red wine.

Rating: 3.7/5

KWV Roodeberg

roodLCBO#: 7187
Price: $12.45
Made in: South Africa
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah

Beautiful aroma of mixed berries with hints of leather. Medium-bodied with hints of tannins. Again, great berry notes in the taste with a light touch of caramel and slight nuts (almonds) in the aftertaste. As always, we really enjoy the wines of KWV. They are great inexpensive wines that are above average.

Rating: 3.6/5

Ménage à Trois California Red

20130912-201605.jpgLCBO#: 308007
Price: $17.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Folie à Deux
Varietal: Zinfandel, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

This Californian red wine does remind us a lot of Apothic Red. Loads of berries in the nose with the vanilla notes covering the leather. The taste is pretty sweet with berry jams and the vanilla calms things down. Not much tannins but more stickiness from the sugars. So, overall a nice blended red wine that is easy to drink. Recommended for a house wine when a bunch of friends come over for snack and wine. A little too sweet to be a great wine, but if you like Apothic Red and find the vanilla a little too strong, you should prefer this one.

Rating: 3.7/5

Lighthouse Merlot 2011

20130829-202530.jpgLCBO#: 612622
Price: $12.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Vineyard
Varietal: Merlot

This Pelee Island Merlot looks and smells unbalanced at first pour, kind of like a homemade wine (slightly murky weird red with aromas all over the place). After breathing a bit, it does get much better. Loads of berries, like cherries (maybe blackberries), with hints of leather and smoked wood. The taste is back to all over the place though. Some sourness, mostly watery, with notes of berries, sugars. Becomes a little dry as it goes which saves a bit the mouth. Mild tannis and a little yeast on the tongue lingering giving some tartiness and nuttiness. Goes down easily, but a VQA ?

Rating: 2.9/5