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2020 Bella Terra Cabernet “Appassimento”

2020 Bella Terra Cabernet “Appassimento”

Regular price $99.95 CAD
Regular price Sale price $99.95 CAD
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  • 93+ to 95
  • Ontario Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA Four Mile Creek
  • 55% Cab Franc, 45% Cab Sauv
This is a decadent, grandiose and opulent wine, encapsulating everything you would want from the Appassimento style… and even more! This is over the TOP. I like everything about this wine: rich, ripe, unctuous, full body… this is the quintessential Appassimento. The grapes were dried for 8 weeks and the wine was fermented in French barrels and aged for 34 months in 20% new French oak, which brings extra depth and extra layers, as well as more aging potential.  On the nose, you get the cross-road between the Cab Franc and the Cab Sauv, from pencil lead to blackberry jam, all the way to black forest cake and black cherry. The raisiny aspect of the Apppassimento is also easily detectable with fig jam and chocolate fudge. The palate is velvety, flamboyant and flawless, offering loads of dark fruit flavours like black plum, blackberry and black currant, but also ripe dark cherry, coffee grinds and fig jam.  The never-ending finish is another reason why this wine is so special, offering a blend of oak spices, peppercorn and balanced sweetness. This is a very young wine with tremendous long-term potential. This wine will settle down (oak and tannins) over the next two years and will evolve gracefully for at least another decade. This is the crown jewel of Niagara Appassimento wine! (CWC, Jan 11, 2024)

Winery: Bella Terra

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