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Wine review: Family Tree Red by Henry of Pelham 2010, Ontario

Rating
89.00
Year
2010
Region
Niagara
Varietal
Red blend
Food Pairing
Grilled poultry, grilled sausages
Price
$18.95

To a connoisseur, there would be no doubt about the main component in this smart, four-variety blend. It's syrah, at 48 per cent, revealed conspicuously by the uncanny northern Rhône-style notes of white pepper, plum and – ever so subtly and pleasantly – cured meat. As for the rest of the medley: cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. It's got impressive complexity and poise for the money as well as firm structure owing to juicy acidity and a dusting of fine-grained tannins. Good for grilled poultry or grilled sausages.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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