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13th Street Cabernet Merlot 2020

Canada, Ontario
90 WA

Dark purple in the glass with an intense nose of ripe blueberry, candied black cherry, vanilla, charred oak and milk chocolate. On the palate it is rich, ripe and full-bodied with smooth, young tannins and flavours of black cherries, tiramisu and a touch of smoky oak. The finish is long with drying tannins and lingering acidity.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava Creek Shores VQA
Producer 13th Street Winery
Vintage 2020
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc 53%, Merlot 37%
¥3,850

Dark purple in the glass with an intense nose of ripe blueberry, candied black cherry, vanilla, charred oak and milk chocolate. On the palate it is rich, ripe and full-bodied with smooth, young tannins and flavours of black cherries, tiramisu and a touch of smoky oak. The finish is long with drying tannins and lingering acidity.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava Creek Shores VQA
Producer 13th Street Winery
Vintage 2020
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc 53%, Merlot 37%
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code A003R00220
UPC 895770200435
Inventory In Stock (60)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Dark purple in the glass with an intense nose of ripe blueberry, candied black cherry, vanilla, charred oak and milk chocolate. On the palate it is rich, ripe and full-bodied with smooth, young tannins and flavours of black cherries, tiramisu and a touch of smoky oak. The finish is long with drying tannins and lingering acidity.

Pairing

Enjoy with spice-rubbed rib eye or lamb chops. Drinking well on release but show further complexities with a few years in the cellar.

Cellaring

Enjoy now through 2030

Press
90WineAlign
National Wine Awards of Canada, 2022
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vintage Notes

Winter of 2020 started with warmer than average temperatures from January through March followed by a cooler than average April. Bud break was in the second and third week of May. From thereon, temperatures increased and the summer months were above average temperatures with little precipitation, allowing for full phenolic development. Harvest remained dry and sunny with cool nights, important for maintaining acidity. There was little to no disease pressure, resulting in clean and ripe fruit. Harvest started in the second week of September with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay for sparkling, followed quickly by aromatic whites and then later ripening whites. Gamay was the first red variety harvested in early-to-mid October followed closely by Pinot Noir and Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were the last varieties to be harvested, taking place the last week of October through early November. Berry size was recognized to be smaller than previous years with an intense dark colour, suggesting the potential for increased concentration of flavour and colour extraction. The quality of the grapes was very good to excellent throughout the portfolio. Wines should have the capacity to age for the medium to long term.

Viticulture

All varieties were picked from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard, our June’s Vineyard as well as other select vineyards in the Creek Shores appellation starting in early-October and ending in mid November.

Vinification

All varieties were all were handled separately and after manual sorting, were crushed and destemmed, then fermented in stainless steel tanks with cold soak and post-fermentation skin contact totalling two weeks. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were moved to 500 and 600 litre seasoned oak casks as well as second and third use French barriques, while the Cabernet Franc was aged in 100% seasoned barriques. Following primary fermentation, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was left on fine lees with regular racking over 9 months before bottling in September 2021 after light fining and filtration.

Producer

Producer Description

Discover 13th Street Winery

Originally started by four amateur winemaker friends the winery was purchased in 2008 by the current owners: John & June Mann and Doug & Karen Whitty. Both families have deep roots in the Niagara community.

13th Street Winery evolved from a desire to create exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of Niagara, while also providing a place for guests to congregate and escape; to relax and discover; and to experience and learn. Owners, partners, and friends Doug and Karen Whitty and John and June Mann share a common love of wine, food, art, and a genuine heart for hospitality. It was this shared appreciation that brought them together and inspired the vision for 13th Street Winery.

Both families have established roots in Niagara and a strong commitment to the community. Doug Whitty is the third generation to be operating the family farm in St. Catharines, which was originally established in 1908. John Mann has been involved in farming for over 30 years, while also building a very successful automotive dealership network in St. Catharines and the surrounding areas.

Winemaker l Jean-Pierre Colas

Jean-Pierre Colas is one of the most talented French trained winemakers in the business. His winemaking philosophy is quite simple. 

He believes that great wines come from the best grapes grown in the best vineyards, whereas winemaking techniques are only utilized to supplement and capture the very essence of the grapes’ provenance and character. With this philosophy in mind, JP excels at crafting high-quality red wines paramount to the Niagara peninsula: Gamay Noir, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Likewise, JP guides the production of exceptional white wines, including world class Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer.

In his home country of France, JP worked at the notable Chablis house, Domaine Laroche, where he produced Wine Spectator Magazine’s 1998 White Wine of the Year, an award he received for his Domaine Laroche Grand Cru Les Clos 1996. Also in 1998, Jean-Pierre was awarded the Best Wine in the Wine Enthusiast, Grand Cru Chablis Blanchots “Reserve de l’obedience” 1996 (99 pts).

Between France and his current residency at 13th Street, Jean-Pierre travelled and worked extensively around the world, including Carmen Vineyards in Chile, Bodegas Chandon in Argentina, and Oyster Bay Winery in New Zealand. He has studied and worked under a number of exceptional winemakers including Michel Givors in Morgon, Beaujolais and Gilbert Picq, and Michel Laroche in Chablis, Burgundy.

In 2018, Jean-Pierre received White Wine of the Year and a Gold Medal for Premier Cuvée 2012 at the 2018 Ontario Wine Awards.

Vineyards

13th Street is Sustainable Winemaking Ontario Certified Each vintage. 100% of the wines produced by 13th Street Winery are made from fruit sourced exclusively in the Niagara Peninsula with 85% or more coming from their own vineyards. Their very first vines were planted at the 13th Street Vineyard in 1976. In the years since, they’ve planted Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Gris and now have amassed more than 40 acres of estate vineyards in the VQA Creek Shores appellation of Niagara.

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