I haven’t had much luck with finding Ontario red wines, under the $20 mark that would be considered “best buys,” but with a name like, “The Great One,” I hope this wine hits the spot.
If you understand the reference, awesome, but if not, I am speaking of Wayne Gretzky, of Wayne Gretzky Estates. Today I am reviewing Wayne Gretzky Estates No.99 Merlot from the Niagara-On-The-Lake region of Southern Ontario.
Review: Wayne Gretzky Estates No.99 Merlot
Appellation: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Price: $15.95 CAD
In the glass this wine is slightly dull garnet color with an intense nose that is immediately noticeable from across my desk. On the nose, the Merlot has ripe red fruits, more specifically cherries, raspberries and black currant. Also, there is a clearly unbalanced aroma of wood, that seems to overpower the red fruits I spoke of earlier.
First sip is tight and unforgiving, I walked away, giving it a bit of time to breathe and the wine opened a touch but not as much as I would have liked.
This is a medium bodied wine that has all of the same fruits from the nose on the palate with a full dose of tannins and a finish of tart acidity. This wine seemed unbalanced and as suggested by the label, this could use a couple years to grow into itself. If you are not someone that can wait, drink it after decanting and enjoy with a hearty piece of red meat or a juicy burger.
For myself this particular vintage was a miss, which from what I remember is something “The Great One” did not do often.