Year after year Trius Red maintains its consistency and remains an enjoyable quaff. Can it continue on a roll with its 2019?
It is Cabernet Franc with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. While Ontario Cabernet Franc is just about a winner every time Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot can be problematic. Aged 12 months in French oak.
On the nose Cabernet Franc keeps the wine anchored. On the nose black cherry, blackberry, strawberry with a hint of milk chocolate. On the palate moderate tannins with a less than forceful Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon struggling to impart some of their identity. There are notes of cherry, cranberry, rhubarb and guava. Will hold until 2025. I think best consumed with food such as prime rib, loin of pork and summer Greek stuffed eggplant. Short finish.
I said a good quaff but I did not say an outstanding wine. If I can be a rebel I wonder if the elimination of Ontario Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon could make this wine an Ontario icon? The wine reinforces my opinion that Ontario Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon might consider retirement. It has taken me several years to conbfidently make this comment about Ontario Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
(Trius Red The Icon 2019, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Trius Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 303800, $22.75, 750 mL, 13.1%, RKS Wine Rating 87/100).