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Kabang Red 2011, Niagara Add to ...

  • Rating 89
  • Year 2011
  • Type Niagara
  • Varietal Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, cabernet franc and petit verdot
  • Producer Stratus Vineyards
  • Food Pairing Lamb, whether a roasted leg or grilled chops.
  • Price $19.95

The name is intended to be descriptive of the wine. And so is the label image: one of those trick cigars that explodes in your face. According to the packaging, this is an “explosive” blend that will “catch you off guard.” Maybe. It is, in any case, very good, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, cabernet franc and petit verdot from the excellent winemaker at Stratus Vineyards, J-L Groux. Full-bodied, at 14.8-per-cent alcohol, it’s savoury-crisp, with dark fruit laced with white pepper and tangy herbs. Stylistically, it’s sort of a cross between Rhone syrah and Loire Valley Chinon. Nice for lamb, whether a roasted leg or grilled chops. Available in Ontario.

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