Rennie Estate Gaia 2011
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Rick VanSickle
- Published on: September 5, 2013
- Last modified: September 5, 2013
This wine was not complete when tasted with just a bit more oak aging left to go. It’s a blend of 50% Merlot, and 25% of both Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon with the grapes dried appassimento-style to 29 Brix. The nose is extraordinary with juicy plums, kirsch, sweet blackcurrants, cigar-box cedar, graphite, cinnamon and cocoa. This is a substantive wine with dark berry-fruits and a baker’s rack of spices that coat the palate and echo through the finish. The tannins are substantive and will need time to integrate, but anyone who thinks appassimento doesn’t work in Niagara should try this beautiful full-bodied wine.