Sunday, May 19, 2024

Sandbanks (non-vintage) Marquette Reserve (Ontario VQA)

This wine is not available at the LCBO, but is available at the Wine Rack outlets. $19.95.

Deep, clear garnet colour with a ruby tint. Big nose of candied black cherries upon pouring, framed with a nice amount of clove and vanillin in the background, but also framing the fruit. Dry, refreshingly tart acidity and good texture; gentle warmth from the 13% alc./vol. There is some astringency in the background; Marquette is more tannic than the old-school hybrids like Baco and Foch.

Warm, cleansing finish. Very food-friendly. I am having it with leftover lamb roast and potatoes, but really, this wine would go well with so many things.

I'm glad to see Marquette growing in presence in Ontario, and am also glad that the VQA regs seemed to readily embrace the variety rather than keeping it out of the club.

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