Merlot can be too nice for its own good but it aint always so. Some wineries craft for character. I’m liking some local editions made in the gutsy, Italianesque style.
PELLER 07 Cabernet/Merlot, Niagara 58628 $11.95
Dusty, dry, earthy and a bit challenging. But note how it invigorates the palate – the original purpose of wine. Red wine from a producer that once only did commercial. A big step forward for local.
COLIO 07 Merlot ‘Girls Night Out’, Ontario 89847 $12.95
Hearty, gutsy, with very ripe flavours and the give-me-food quality of Italian reds. Bring on the lasagne, or braised beef or lamb.
HILLEBRAND 07 ‘Trius’ Merlot, Niagara 587907 $14.75
My favourite mix of lively and rustic. A gulper with traditional wine character. Truly local, truly good. A second bottle please.
PENINSULA RIDGE 07 Merlot, Niagara 61101 $14.75
Gutsy stuff. Lots of vigour and bite. Very rustic, very real. Merlot in the Bordeaux style – needs food.