Decanted: 1/2 hr (plus Vinturi)
Cost: $24.00 (Direct from winery)
Tasting Notes: Thirty Bench has become one of my favourite wineries from the Niagara Peninsula. The winery was rated 3rd overall in the 2008 Canadian Wine Awards based on the wineries that submitted wines and it does not disappoint. Their Reislings are something to behold.
The Red is a blend with tremendous value. The wine is concentrated and opaque with notes of raspberry, pencil shavings, and leather on the nose (I could smell this forever). The palate is dry with tight tannins with the persistence of raspberry through the medium length finish. This wine could age to mellow out the tannins. Overall the Red is great value for a premium Ontario blend. HC