October 2012

Outstanding in their Fields

Rennie Estate Winery 2010 Scarpa – A Ripasso-style Bordeaux blend of cabs sauvignon and franc blended with the skins of appassimento‘d merlot. On the nose, a kind of charcoal/burnt sugar, smoked meat and aged cheese aroma profile (complex, to say the least.) This is a big, beefy wine with all sorts of attitude, peppery flavours and muscular tannins. Could easily handle five years aging or at least two hours of decanting if you want to drink it now.

Bethany Harpur, Second Ferment, www.2ndferment.ca