I discovered from my recent trip to Ottawa that Ontario is the most prolific wine-producing province in Canada. This is greatly facilitated by the fact that 4 of the 5 Great Lakes are partitioned in Ontario, and that typically it has warm summers. Additionally, Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula is the largest and most productive viticultural area within Ontario, due to its unique microclimate supported by the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. After enjoying the Inniskillin Niagara Series Pinot Noir from the Niagara Peninsula, I decided to explore a different varietal from the region. At Maclaren’s Bar I selected their only Canadian wine, the Jackson Triggs Proprietor’s Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. The producer states that this particular bottling is a blend of wines from Canada “and around the world”, although it was given an Ontario appellation. In 2008 Jackson Triggs was named the Canadian Winery of the year, and since then have proved to make advancements and innovations in a climate with occasional vine-devastating winters.
Dark garnet in colour, a mix of earthiness and fresh grapes rose from my glass. Ripe flavours of blackberry and black current melded together in the medium body. Pleasing tannins surfaced and introduced the nearly excessive oak finish. Somewhat dull and flat, it did have the backbone for success, but was just missing some important components, perhaps a couple of years in the bottle will be beneficial. In the future, I would like to explore their Silver Series or the Grand Reserve Series as I think these will be enjoyable glasses.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
$10 [average bottle price]