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Hidden Bench Terroir Caché 2012 Wine Review

Hidden Bench Terroir Caché 2012

Hidden Bench Terroir Caché 2012

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 5

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Price: $38.00

Drink: 2017-2022

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.9%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Hidden Bench

Agent: Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits

Natalie's Score: 92/100

What a difference a year makes! This is night and day compared to the previous vintage. The 2012 was a strong one, but this wine has made improvements well beyond what the vintage would arrant. A beautifully balanced red wine blend of 46% Merlot with 25% Cab Franc, 16% Cab Sauv and 13% Malbec grapes. The wine is aged 21 months in French oak barrels. The grapes are sourced from organically certified, estate vineyards. Aromas of dark red berries and black plum. Decant 1-2 hours. Perfect for grilled meats.

Food pairings: braised meats, herbed steaks, venison.

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This Hidden Bench Terroir Caché 2012 was reviewed on November 12, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

The 2012 is an assemblage of 46% Merlot with 25% Cab Franc, 16% Cab Sauv and 13% Malbec each vinified separately then aged for 21 months in French oak. Deep ruby red, with a rich and inivitng nose of ripe dark berries, plum, and loads of sweet spice. The palate is chalked full of tart dark fruit, balanced with crisp acidity and tannic structure. Decant for 30 minutes and enjoy with beef dishes. Tasted November 2016. 91 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Big floral, black berry fruit and black plum on the nose. The palate is full-bodied with young tannins (moderate), balanced acidity, and a long chewy cassis vanilla finish. An incredible expression of the Beamsville Bench terroir. Enjoy with prime rib roast. Tasted Nov 2016 - @sommsosa | bespoketastings.c
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv and Malbec was aged 21 mos in French oak. The flavourful result shows dark berries, plums and vanilla on the nose, while the palate shows lots of red fruit along with bell pepper, mint, vanilla and slight oak. Enjoy this with hearty beef stew.
Tasted Nov. 2016
Hidden Bench's Terroir Caché (2012) from its Terroir Series Wines is sourced from organically certified, estate vineyards. Perfect for grilled meats this rich and concentrated wine is made up of 46% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc,16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Malbec. - Community Wine Reviews

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