Wednesday’s WoW! – Family Tree Red 2009 VQA Niagara Peninsula – by Henry of Pelham

Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red 2009My apologies for not posting a Wednesday’s WoW for a few weeks, but I’ve been in London, England and couldn’t tear myself away from sightseeing and eating to get it done.  This week’s WoW, Family Tree Red 2009 – by Henry of Pelham, is an approachable and tasty Ontario red blend at the very reasonable price of $18.95.  This VQA wine from the Niagara Peninsula is available at Henry of Pelham winery and in Vintages at the LCBO, but you may have to move quickly before it’s all gone.

Henry of Pelham has been an important player in the Niagara wine industry since its first vintage in 1988.  Family Tree is the latest label for Henry of Pelham, and it begins with this wine from the 2009 vintage. I think it’s a hit.  The grapes for this wine are sourced from Henry of Pelham’s own vineyards, as well as vineyards owned by other family and friends.

Tasting Note

Family Tree Red 2009 – by Henry of Pelham is an unusual blend of 43% Merlot, 26% Syrah, 19% Pinot Noir, and 12% Cabernet Franc.  This wine is brimming with aromas of dark and red fruit – plum, blackberry, cherry – spice cake, black pepper, and smoky bacon.  It’s slightly tangy and savoury on the palate with a medium body and soft tannins.  Ripe fruit, spice, and a hint of ground coffee linger pleasantly on the finish.  Best consumed within the next 2 to 3 years.  Pair with BBQ’d burgers, your favourite meatloaf recipe, or smoky ribs.

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