Shades of Bordeaux


How do you produce a rich red wine in Ontario? One way would be to plant vines in an area with a long growing season. And wait 30 years. This is what Colio Winery did along the North Shores of Lake Erie. They selected Cabernet Franc because it ripens more easily than the other Cabernet. 

Colio’s ‘Old Farm’ (formerly called CEV) is dusty dry with the solid character  of Chateau Something from Bordeaux, along with the warmth and beefy feeling that we associate with Argentinian red. And thanks to Lake Erie’s extra summer heat units you also get dried fruit flavours similar to Amarone. All this for twenty dollars.

COLIO 12 Cabernet Franc ‘Old Farm’, Bricklayer’s Reward, VQA Lake Erie North Shore 395277 Vintages $19.95

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