Alvento 2007 Elige
I have been holding off on this review until I got word on the price, and yesterday I got it … and it is the one I had been hoping for. The 2005 Elige, a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend, was the best wine in the Alvento line-up that year; and with the ’07 edition this might again be their best wine – or at least it is definitely in the running. This year it’s again a Cab Sauv dominated blend (65%) with 33% Merlot and just a titch of Cabernet Franc (2%) - all aged for 18 months in 100% French oak, one third of which is new. At this time the nose is fairly closed, but there’s real potential here, especially if it follows the way of the palate. Lots of black fruit and robust tannins lead the charge … it’s youthful but it’s going places. Decant for early consumption or wait a minimum of three years to pop the cork. Price was dependent on the LCBO taking the wine for Vintages, and I am happy to report they have … a savings of $7 vs winery only sales … a bargain at $19.95 at both the winery and the LCBO in Vintages (June 2011). Can’t wait? Release date at the winery is December 11, 2010 – just in time for the holidays. Price: $19.95 – Rating: **** ½
Red Blend
Niagara Peninsula
at the winery and thru Vintages (June 2011)

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