Foreign Affair Dream 2012


Foreign Affair Dream 2012

Foreign Affair is an Ontario VQA winery, based in the Niagara region. They are famous for using the Italian wine making technique “appassimento”, this technique used for one of Italy’s most famous wine – The Amarone. Appassimento style wines tends to blend grapes that have been dried after picking, therefore concentrating the flavour and sugar content, creating a more powerful wine. They make wines in both partially and fully appassimento style.

The Dream 2012 is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, aged for 26 months in select French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels and the final blend is made up of 15% appassimento wine.

Decanted for 1 hour before consumption.

Colour: Clear dark purple core.

Nose: Ripe juicy cherries, blackberries, plums. Notes of cigar box, vanilla, leather, liquorice, and a hint of spice.
The vanilla notes is rather dominate on the nose, smells almost dessert-like.

Palate: Off-dry, medium acidity, medium silky tannins. Dried dark fruits, consists of dried cherries, raisins, blackberries. Touch of vanilla and well integrated oak.

Finish: Long finish, touch of tingling pepper on the back end.

Score: 83/100

A great wine at a great price, would buy another or two to see how it develops with time. Off-dry, dark fruit forward with a touch of spice and well integrated oak to balance the flavour. Great length on the finish, would recommend to both beginners and enthusiasts.

Overall really enjoyable wine, on its own or with food, I am afraid this might not have enough tannins to cut through some of the fatty meats, would work well with stews and lamb.

Ready to drink, could be cellared for at least 5+ years.

**Do note I score a bit tighter than the majority.

Rocche dei Manzoni Bricco Manzoni Langhe Rosso 2010


Rocche dei Manzoni Bricco Manzoni Langhe Rosso 2010

Sat in the glass for 2 hours before reviewing.
Blend of 80% Nebbiolo and 20% Barbera, first time trying a wine from Langhe(Piedmont), and a blend of this sort.

Colour: Medium purple core, with some sign of ageing.

Nose: Clean nose, high intensity. Liquorice, sweet cherries, red currants, sweet bread, touch of mineral notes.
Rather complex nose that takes advantage of at least 1-2 hours of decanting.

Palate: Dry, medium+ body, medium+ acidity, full grippy tannins. Cherries, spices, raspberry, hint of leather, touch of oak. Well integrated flavor.

Finish: Long finish, violets, oak, red fruits.

Score: 82/100

Overall fairly well made from an excellent vintage in Piedmont, the tannins suggests this could benefit from perhaps another 2-5 years of ageing. The tannins makes it enjoyable with grilled meat, would love to see how this develops in the next few years.