If there is one red wine in Ontario that causes some excitement on my part in Ontario it is Gamay Noir. For the most part it is reliable but not quite at the point of Cabernet Franc for universal excellence but it is at the edge of that. So we try a Tawse 2020 Gamay Noir available as a LCBO Vintages release on April 29. No review was included in the LCBO Vintages catalogue which may be the unavailability of a magical 90 and more review. Sometimes a hint of mediocrity but not always.
Aroma: Think long and hard and perhaps in a charitable fashion you might eke out some black cherry enveloped in what makes shoes that if you wear you will be swimming with the fishes. Lacking charity, one might detect notes of cough syrup.
Palate: A big degree of sour and not much more. The word “tart” would perhaps be a tad diplomatic.
Personality: Stay away from me! I have a charm of a dull pencil.
RKS 2023 Wine Rating: Return to sender!
(Tawse Grower’s Blend 2020 Gamay, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Tawse Winery Inc., Vineland, Ontario, 750 mL, 12%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 32824).