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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Muscedere Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, VQA Lake Erie North Shore

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This Cabernet is from a small batch of 125 cases produced by Muscedere Vineyards in the Lake Erie North Shore VQA in Ontario. The region has dubbed itself EPIC (Essex Pelee Island Coast) Wine Country. Would this wine in fact be epic?

Muscedere is a family wine operation that has garnered some good praise for its wine. The 2010 vintage of this wine took home the judges award in a double blind tasting at the LENS wine competition.

I got this bottle during a wine tasting event in Ontario through a swap with a friendly Canadian. He highly regarded this Cab, so I was eager to check it out.

The wine retails for $30 Canadian and is aged for 12 months in oak barrels. In the glass it is a deep red and for me the nose was closed.

This is a serious wine. Flavor notes tended toward the darker end of the spectrum, with black cherry, coffee and oak. The tannins are smooth and the texture is rich.

No doubt this is a fine Cabernet for the region. I’m a fan of Ontario reds, but it left me wanting some richer, riper fruit. Satisfying, yes, but sensational, no.

It did leave me with the urge to cross the border and check out the latest Muscedere vintages, perhaps their Syrah and Meritage.

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