2016 Carretto Cabernet Sauvignon
A great representation of the potential for Cabernet Sauvignon in Niagara-on-the-lake during a hot and dry vintage. This ruby wine showcases aromatic notes of mulberry, dried violets, black pepper, eucalyptus and preserved black currant. On the palate these traits repeat but with an emphasis on some of the oak derived flavours like earth, cedar, leather, clove and cigar box along with an additional sense of pomegranate and cranberry due to the wines refreshing acidity. The wine is very well structured, showcasing great flavour intensity, freshness and young but smooth tannins. Its structure and intensity will allow it to age in the bottle for an extended period but due its soft texture, also makes for an ideal wine to drink soon with red meats and barbecue fare.
Enjoy this wine during any part of a three course meal- as an aperitif: aged cheeses and charcuterie shine; as an entrée: pork and beef alongside dark vegetables and beans mirror tannin (alternatively, tofu and quinoa make an amazing vegetarian option); as dessert: dark chocolate an hot pepper jams/jellies highlight its tannic structure.
Appellation: VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Aging: 19 months French Oak
ABV Residual Sugar: 3.8 g/L