Because of the short crop in the 2005 vintage, we are going to be seeing a lot of blends. At many wineries, the grape quantities weren’t high enough to make it viable for them to make single varietals, unless of course they were going for limited quantity production. We’ve already caught a glimpse of this at Carmela Estates in Prince Edward County with their three grape white 2005 Terroir Twist. And in Niagara, we see it at Coyote’s Run with their red blend, Cabernet. 2005 is going to showcase a winemaker’s talent to blend, although 2005 was a good growing season and the grapes they are working with are of excellent quality – there’s just fewer of them. The first thing Coyote’s Run fans will notice is the Stelvin Screwcap … Coyote’s Run has made the leap to all Stelvin bottling from here on in. So, after all this banter and explanation, how’s the wine? Very good if I do say so myself. This 50/50 blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon has hints of dark fruit and raspberries on the nose, there’s also some prominent oaky smells. The palate is ripe with a firm tannin backbone, suggesting some ageworthiness. Tastes of cassis, blackberry and spicy black pepper in the mouth, with a finish of oak, cinnamon and anise. This would a great wine to enjoy with a hearty steak or you can set it aside for a few years and allow those dusty tannins to mellow out a bit.