Surprisingly herbaceous, yet good with steak…
Name: The Silver Line Epic
Producer: G. Marquis Vineyards
Region/Country: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Grape Varietal(s): Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Consumed: At home
Recommended By: LCBO
Bottle Presentation: Classic, classy, clean, and distinctive
Appearance: Medium ruby red
Nose: Herbs, cedar, and leather
Taste: Wood, earth, tannic, green/herbaceous notes
Finish: Long and earthly, and then it suddenly ended.
Overall Impression: Not what I was expecting—I was expecting plums, raspberries and/or green pepper, based on the varietals—yet it was an intriguing wine, as the earth and herbaceous notes emerged, and then I paired it with steak, resulting in a nicely balanced combination. To my surprise, it did not pair as well with cheese or dark chocolate. Nonetheless, it proved an interesting, Merlot-based, Saint-Émilion style wine.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 83/100