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Featherstone Winery Red Tail Merlot 2010 Wine Review

Featherstone Winery Red Tail Merlot 2010

Featherstone Winery Red Tail Merlot 2010

V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Community Score:88/100

Community Reviews: 4

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Price: $19.95

Drink: 2012-2015

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 12.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Featherstone

Agent: Featherstone Winery

Natalie's Score: 88/100

Pleasant and smooth with aromas of plums. Not too oaky or alcoholic; balanced.

Merlot food pairings: grilled lamb chops, veal medallions in a red wine sauce.

This Featherstone Winery Red Tail Merlot 2010 was reviewed on March 3, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

A fresh and lively offering from the best value producer in Niagara. I've had Merlots like this from other vineyards, but at twice the price. Bright black plum, briar, linzer, and crushed flowers form the core of this wine, supported by a seemingly weightless frame. Some fresh tobacco and sarsaparilla notes come out after a few minutes in the glass. Truly dynamic. Shows the strength of the vintage. 91 Points. (ottawawinejournal.com)
Bre Paszkat rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

A delightful Merlot with a brilliant garnet colour that offers berry and vanilla on the nose. The wine is ageing nicely, and the fruit is transforming to layers of plum, dark cherry, leather,spice and pepper on your palate. The french oak ageing is apparent. The tannin's are dominant and cellaring another 2-5 years will soften it. I would serve it with grilled lamb shanks, with a creamy mushroom risotto.
Intense red cherry, strawberry and spice aromas rise from the glass. Very fruity on the palate with particularly rich strawberry notes. Very smooth, crisp and focused with more spice and a lingering flavourful finish. A suitably elegant wine, whose flavours soar as effortlessly as the magnificent creature for which it is named. Source: Vintages Wine Panel

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