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Wine review: Mission Hill Five Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2011, British Columbia

Red blend

There's a Bordeaux-inspired trio here: merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. And in this relatively cool 2011 vintage it captures the Bordeaux style, with notes of pencil shavings, tobacco and herbs running through the cassis-cherry fruit. Cab franc adds an extra note of bell pepper. The texture is dry and lightly chalky. On sale for $15.45 in Ontario till May 25.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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