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Bottom line:B+, OK, more like one per cent wine
Langmeil 2017 Steadfast Shiraz Cabernet, Australia ($28.99, #109155)
Medium-bodied wines are akin to two per cent milk, featuring more heft and weight but certainly not heavy. Swish medium-bodied wines around the mouth and you will feel more richness — and Langmeil’s Steadfast Shiraz Cabernet provides an interesting study. A 54/46 mix of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Barossa Valley, this combination of grapes can produce an array of robust wines representing medium-bodied all the way to full on fulsome! This is the former, with ripe berry and dark fruit complemented by a bramble underlay. Soft tannins and subtle spice to finish make this a robust yet svelte pairing partner — think barbecue ribs or cheesy pasta.
Bottom line:B, The cashmere sweater of wines
Fort Berens 2018 Reserve Meritage, British Columbia ($36.99, available through the winery and at select private wine stores)
Finally, full-bodied wines come across like homogeneous milk. Bottles that hit the palate with evident richness (in some cases even borderline unctuousness), and yes beware full-bodied wines tend to have higher alcohol content. But dense does’t need to equate to jarring. Case in point is Fort Beren’s Reserve Meritage. A classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc (a portion of which is semi-dried, apassimento style), and Cabernet Sauvignon, this unfined and unfiltered heavyweight red sees 14 months aging in both French and American oak barrels and is full of suave dark fruit and vanilla with a sumptuous overall feel.
Bottom line:B+, Lithely luxe
The Swirl: Di Vine Domes at Singletree Winery
In another sign of getting creative with the times, Singletree Winery has recently installed two “Di Vine Domes” amid their Abbotsford vines (5782 Mt. Lehman Road). “The Enchanted Forest Dome” and “The Canadian Cabin Dome” are both available to reserve for tastings and gourmet dinner packages following all current COVID guidelines. Prices start at $20 for a five-wine tasting flight to $75 for three-course dinner plus flight, for complete details and to reserve head to singletreewinery.com.