Peller Estates 2007 Andrew Peller Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Plenty of controversy surrounds Peller Estates these days. I’m talking of course about the Cellared in Canada issue, but there should be no controversy or confusion when discussing the VQA wines made on the property. Winemaker Lawrence Buhler is doing a fabulous job, especially with these top end bottlings. This Cab Sauv spent 22 months in mainly French oak, with just a wee bit in American to round it out. It’s now bottled,but Lawrence is in no hurry to send it to market (though I suspect the marketing department is). This wine is a real beauty that should stand the test of a decade or more. The nose expresses raspberry, vanilla and cinnamon but promises much more in the future … I can say that with some degree of confidence because the palate shows loads of complexity: a mix of red and black fruit, cinnamon, and mocha/chocolate notes. Nice and mouthfilling with delicious fruit and well established and balanced tannins. Alcohol is kept to the standard 13.5%. The wine might seem pricey now ($35/bottle), but in ten years when you open it up and it’s as smooth as a baby’s bottom and twice as delicious, it’ll seem like a steal (though I am not sure how many of you are in to eating baby’s bottoms). Price: $35.00 – Rating: *****
Cabernet Sauvignon
Niagara Peninsula
at the winery March 2010

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