RKS 2023 Wine: Why the Grape Mystery? Burnt Ship Bay 2019 Reserve Red

Hopefully wine consumers are not horses in Central Park that need blinders on! Are not wine consumers entitled to know what grapes are being used in their wine particularly in a blend? With Burnt Ship Bay 2019 Reserve Red there is grape mystery. The label, the winery website and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario website contain no description of the grapes used in the making of the wine. Given the varying quality of some Ontario red grapes I would have appreciated a description of the grapes used in the wine.

Aromatics: Black cherry and chocolate are indicative of Cabernet Franc. Also blueberry and cassis, red plum with a hint of smoke.

Palate: There is body to the wine but Miss Universe or Mr. Beefcake 2023? Hard to tell but it does not seem to be much of a chance of this wine finishing in the top ten of those competitions. Moderate tannins. There is not much luck on the skill testing questions. In fact the wine has a flashy smile of a decent nose but the heart of it lacks coherence and it will certainly not win Miss Personality. Neither does it have any muscular biceps. It has a Don Knotts character; The Incredible Mr. Limpet!.

Personality: I have an enticing aroma but beyond that I am neither sensuous or muscular shamefully admitting I am a 99 pound weakling.

Cellarbility: None.

Food match: Friday night pizza or burgers. Code name to succinctly describe the quality of certain wines.

In a nutshell: A thin and febrile wine.

Price: $19.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 76/100.

(Burnt Ship Bay 2019 Reserve Red, VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake, Burnt Ship Bay Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, LCBO # 31372, 750 mL, 13.5%)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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