Lailey 2007 Canadian Oak Meritage
I’m not sure if there’s anybody in Ontario with more experience using Canadian oak than Lailey’s winemaker Derek Barnett – he likes the stuff and it seems to like him, he’s able to coax some great smells and flavours out of the wines he puts into those barrels. This blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot was aged 18 months in an equal mix of new and 2nd fill barrels – only 4 barrels were made so you do the math on this one (it's fairly limited). The nose is smoky with blackberries and cassis front and centre. The flavours show complexity in the mouth from start to finish: smoky, leathery, cassis, anise and a long finish with an end game of smoked meat, dried cassis, spice and good tannins. This was bottled unfiltered so you may find some harmless sediment floating about if you decide to age this wine, and I do recommend giving it a little time to settle down. According to Barnett this was the last of his 2007 wines to be bottled. Price: $40.00 – Rating: ****
Red Blend
Niagara Peninsula
Available at the winery

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