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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Southbrook Farms Winery: in-depth look at reserve levels cabernet/merlot, 1991 to today
The Date and Time: Friday, March 15, 2013
The Event: an in-depth varietal/label tasting from Bill Redelmeier of Southbrook Farms, Cabernet Merlot at different levels of "reserve".
The Venue: LCBO Private Event Room (Scrivener Square)
The Target Audience: WWCC members
The Availability/Catalogue: only the more recent wines are available for sale.
The Quote/Background:There were 32 wines in all, mostly from the cab merlot labels. Wines were made by Derek Barnett (1991 - 2002), Colin Campbell and Steve Byfield (2002 2005), and currently, Ann Sperling (2006 - ). All wines made since the arrival of Ann Sperling were organic and then biodynamic, a crowning achievement for Ontario (also, the winemaking facilities were LEED certified).
The Wines: No wines at this level were made in 1996, 2003, and 2004.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-1997 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Merlot [first use of Triomphe]
-1998 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Merlot [wine of the year at Ontario Wine Awards]
-2001 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Merlot
-2002 Southbrook Triomphus Watson Vineyard Cabernet Franc