Blend: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 12% Merlot Ripasso style*, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
Aroma: red currant, blue berry and red berries with hints of leather and spice
Palate: ripe dark berries, plum, fig and toasted oak
About: full bodied, long and supple finish with balanced acidity and tannins. Bottle aged at winery
Our flagship red wine.
Each variety is hand-picked, hand sorted and barrel aged separately. During fermentation of each wine the bins were punched down 3 times a day to ensure maximum extraction of color and tannins. After dryness is reached the wines were racked to a combination of French and American barrels ranging from new to two years old. With an average of 18 months in oak - the blending trials begin. The challenging, but enjoyable part, is finding the perfect blend using the barrel aged “penta” components.
*Ripasso wines are sometimes casually referred to as “baby Amarones – aka Appassimento style here in Canada”. Ripasso is made with partially dried grape skins that have been left over from fermentation of appassimento style wine. Once the appassimento style fermentation is pressed off, we added merlot back onto the dried grape skins for approximately 8 months. This results in a full bodied, flavorful wine.
Food Pairing Suggestions: Beef Bourguignon | grilled steak and onions | Buffalo burgers
Accolades Awarded in 2021:
90 Points | WineAlign
J. Szabo | "a ripe, supple, spicy wine with fully integrated tannins, silky-smooth texture"
M. Godel | "really fine vintage here with plenty of energy and upside"