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Over the past several months I have challenged myself to only buy a bottle of wine I haven’t tried before when at the LCBO. I luckily picked up this gem of a wine: Casarena Sinergy Reserva 2011, Mendoza Aregentina. A blend of 70% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot it is as rich in flavour as it is in colour.

The nose offers lots of vibrancy and is quite aromatic. Blackberry compote with dried black cherry, coffee and dark chocolate are the most prominent. Vanilla, tobacco, toast, mint leaves and earthiness provide further backbone to the delicious aromas of this wine. Lots of dark, rich fruits and strong, bold flavours are promising based on the nose.

The first sip gets all of the senses going! There is definitely acidity, as the mouth starts to salivate, the flavours that come rushing through are rich and flavourful filling the palate. Blackberry compote is definitely the first flavour that shines through followed shortly by vanilla, black cherry, mint leaves, dark chocolate and coffee. All of the flavours are so vibrant on the palate providing a juicy and satisfying wine.

This red wine blend is a perfect sipping wine, but would be delicious with duck confit, rack of lamb, or even grilled salmon on a cedar plank. This wine is rich, but not overly heavy so it will pair nicely with foods that are flavourful and a little richer, but can be lighter proteins. Take a sip and enjoy!