Palatine Hills 1812 Merlot CabernetHere is wine #3 of our Wines that Give Back feature and it comes from Palatine Hills Estate; 1812 Merlot Cabernet 2011 Niagara region.

How This Wine Gives Back
Though most of our wines, in this months feature, provide a monetary tithe, Palatines 1812 Merlot Cabernet recognizes a significant feat in our history and the peace that we now celebrate, as a result. This wine commemorates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, and calls upon us to recognize and celebrate the peace we now have with our neighbours to the south. Palatine Hills has also created a well documented summary account of the war with details on where battles took place, even showing some of the relics that were found on their estate grounds.

As the Palatine Hills Estate put it on the back of their wine bottles, “The Harmony in this bottle is our celebratory salute to resolving differences and aPalatine Hills 1812 Merlot Cabernet Back promise of things to come”.  Join me in raising a glass to mark this commemorative time in history.

About the Wine
Though Palatine Estates offers their 1812 wine in both a Chardonnay and Merlot/Cabernet blend, we decided to use only the red blend for this post.

On colour, this wine holds a soft ruby red hue, and on the nose, you immediately grab scents of plum, spice and bell pepper.  ON the palate, you are greeted with tastes of blackberry, herbaceousness and some of that plum you would have nosed. It’s flavours and nicely refined tannins provide a medium to long finish.  This wine would, unquestionably, pair nicely with dinner consisting of spareribs, for example.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $13.20.

We gave this wine a 3.5 out of 5.