2016 THE CERTAIN RATIO - GOLD MEDAL WINNER

2016 THE CERTAIN RATIO - GOLD MEDAL WINNER

34.95

VQA ONTARIO

750 mL

GOLD, All Canadian Wine Championships, 2019

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Winemaking

The Certain Ratio is only produced in exceptional vintages and in extremely limited quantities. The 2012 vintage has aged exceptionally and it is expected that the 2016 Certain Ratio will follow a similar path. A blend of Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (28%), Cabernet Sauvignon (26%) and Petit Verdot (13%) - the Certain Ratio is the sum of its parts, each balancing out another and finding its home amoung the rest.

Tasting Notes

The Certain Ratio opens with subtle leather and red raspberry notes on the nose.  The flavours of tobacco, red raspberry and earth are layered on the palate, (new notes revealed with each passing minute and sip) and are supported and structured by smooth tannins, hints of spice and a lengthy finish. Drink now through 2026 and beyond.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Superb with roast beef, steak or grilled lamb chops.

Critical Acclaim

“Aromas of charred cedar, dark berry fruit and floral notes waft easily from this red blend—33% merlot/28% cabernet franc/26% cabernet sauvignon/13% petit verdot—followed by a gusher of ripe, luscious, teeth-staining fruit flavour coating the palate—black currant, raspberry and black Bing cherry—interlaced with racy tang and supple tannin. It’s medium-plus bodied with generous texture and a firm structure. Palate-flavours replay on the finish and aftertaste, Aerate/decant two-hours before service and pour with grilled, well-seasoned, medium-rare striploin.” Score 92 Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com

 “There’s a high pitch and tone rising from this black raspberry and blue-fruited hematoma of a bruiser. Also chalky and tangy with a side note of intensity that drives through when you get into the deep middle there is a hollow sense of echo. Still this is more than lovely somehow, someway. Smooth and sneaky tannins creep up and take hold. Don’t underestimate this wine as I may have once before. Last tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019.” Score 91 Michael Godel, WineAlign.com

 “An old school red blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot, lightly oxidized but pleasantly refreshing. Bright cherry notes, a hint of dustiness with dried leaf and laurel lingering on the finish. Tasted NWAC19.” Score 90 Sara d’Amato, WineAlign.com

 “This is a blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot from Niagara fruit. But there is a certain leanness and juiciness that suggests some County content. It has a quite lifted nose of currant/raspberry fruit, toast and spice, with some herbal/woodsy character. It is medium weight, a bit green on the palate with considerable tannin and acidity. The length is very good to excellent. I would keep this a couple of years.” Score 89 David Lawrason WineAlign.com