The relatively cool-climate, north east part of Italy produces a style of Cabernet and Merlot that’s different from the rest of the world. Less intense and less macho. More everyday – medium bodied with a savoury/fruity character (check out Cesari Merlot $9).
Inniskillin’s blend is similar to this style – lots of Italian-style vitality and brightness. Really good red for white meats and tomato sauced dishes.
I’d like to see more local Merlot-Cabs crafted in this style.
INNISKILLIN 10 Merlot-Cabernet ‘Vintage Ink’, VQA Niagara 250209 Vintages $17.95