LCBO Sale Pick of the Week: Oct. 1
Mission Hill 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Okanagan Valley, BC)
Sale $24.95, Regular
Discount (until Oct. 11): $2.00
LCBO (Vintages) # 553321 | 750 mL bottle
Tastes like: Super smooth deliciousness with generous plum, vanilla and blackberry.
Pairs with: Prime rib, grilled veg of all sorts, meat ravioli.
Good for: Rewarding yourself for making it to Friday night. Also, go Jays!
Why we're drinking this
Nevermind that this gorgeous Cab is from the Okanagan Valley in B.C., this baby can go mano e mano with premium wines from Cab-obsessed regions of Chile, California or Washington. Indeed, this is New World style all the way — it’s velvety smooth and wonderfully balanced. It’s a texture wine, the kind of wine you could curl up with. Mission Hill is perhaps B.C.’s best-known winery, and a pioneer in the region. Though their wines are consistently good in general, this one is a real knockout.
Pretty perfume of black berries, plum and a hint of vanilla and fragrant yet restrained oak. It’s dry and tastefully lighter in alcohol — at 13%, it’s lean in structure but generous in flavor. Ripe fruit, soft tannins and nicely integrated acidity make this an all-around “serious” wine. Serious, but not haughty. Cab lovers should take to it right away, while those who may be a bit Cab-wary will love its opulence. A great with food, but lovely as a sipper too. Perfect for taking the edge off the coming October chills.
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