Saturday, February 4, 2012

Organized Crime 2006 The Download, Beamsville Bench VQA

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Organized Crime is a boutique winery on the Beamsville Bench in Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula. It’s small, whimsical and perhaps even humble compared to the grand tasting rooms not too far away in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

But the high quality and artistry of the wine makes Organized Crime a very fond memory from our tasting trip a couple of years ago.

Green Dragon and I were accompanied by Glorious T and Ace of Bass. We each bought a bottle of The Download, 2006 vintage. I managed to hold on to ours until just last week, when the cork was popped to celebrate Glorious T’s new promotion.

Download is a Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot with a rich berry bouquet. Raspberries and cherries predominate in this mid-bodied wine. The wine is known for its supple tannins and extraordinarily long finish.

This is the winery’s flagship wine and uses grapes from the Beamsville Bench VQA which is a wine region with a treasure chest of great producers. The wine is not too “hot” with just 12.2% alcohol and the cost was $25 Canadian.

This bottle is a download of playfulness, flavor and fun. We need to head back to resupply!

Rating 5 of 5

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