Back in early-June, we sampled this potent beauty when she was first bottled … during the Niagara New Vintages Festival. Creekside had it on for limited sale until it was ready for release later in the summer. Back then, it still showed some greenness and rustic tannins – but with great mid-term cellaring potential – and the fruit was just beginning to peak around the corner and start to show it’s face. Three months later we are happy to report the bottle-shock is over and she has shaped up to be one heck of a great wine, with potential to only get better. The nose has definite aromas of black cherry and black pepper, we also picked up very faint whiffs of red and green pepper, which should disappear over the next few months. On the tastebuds hearty cherries and raspberries with a medium finish - it starts out smooth in the mouth and ends with a tannic grip at the end. Reactions ranged from “I really like it” to “Fantastic” to “I gotta get me more of this!” – and at the great price of 15.95 so should you.