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Two years ago, Jost Vineyards introduced its own proprietary spin on the Meritage approach with the release of its 2003 Trilogy. This inaugural vin... Read more
Despite the vogue for single variety wines that has driven the American wine culture for the last four decades, the broader history of wine has bee... Read more
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Two years ago, Jost Vineyards introduced its own proprietary spin on the Meritage approach with the release of its 2003 Trilogy. This inaugural vintage was met with immediate approval from Nova Scotia wine supporters, finding its way onto many of the province’s top restaurant lists. The latest release of Trilogy stays the course set by its predecessor, showcasing once again how a blend of the region’s most reliable red varieties results in a single wine that is more rounded and deeper than the individual wines that went into it.A blend of Baco Noir, Leon Millot, and Marechal Foch, the wine has a very appealing nose which offers cedar and juniper notes, baking spice and leather, and tightly focused ripe Bing cherry fruit. The wine hits the palate with lip smacking acidity, which acts as the perfect counterpoint for the abundant sweet fruit flavours. The super fine velvety tannins are so subtle that you may not even notice them, but they are indeed there, in perfect proportion. These tannins lend a subtle but firm framework to the entire package and the wine’s lively acidity beckons a wide range of food accompaniments. Each of the component varieties have demonstrated a propensity for cellaring well for a decade or more, so enjoy the 2005 Trilogy right now, or further down the road after 3-5 years of additional bottle age.
Despite the vogue for single variety wines that has driven the American wine culture for the last four decades, the broader history of wine has been about blending. The classic blend, of course, is Meritage, a Bordeaux mélange that developed as a viticultural practice of mixing cultivars in the vineyard in order to insure some sort of crop against the vagaries of terroir and irregularities of vintage. Strange as it may seem to the contemporary North American wine consumer, the Bordelaise never thought that Cabernet Sauvignon was a perfect grape, nor have they invested a notion of singular virtue in any of the other varieties assembled to make their “perfect” Bordeaux wines.Much the same could be said for the French American hybrid varieties that go into the Jost 2003 “Trilogy”. To be sure, Baco Noir, Leon Millot and Marechal Foch are typically offered up as single variety products, with passable-to-good public acceptance. What Trilogy reveals is that the whole can be much much more than the sum of its parts. The marriage here is expressed in a beautifully balanced wine: dense purple-to-black, with a big fruit forward (but not jammy) nose with tinges of anise and oak, sour cherry and mixed berry flavours held together by subtle tannins and restrained alcohol (12.5%). The component parts of the blend do not standout, but the tincture and tannin of the Baco, the broad fruity body of the Foch and the perfume of the Leon Millot are all here…though damned if I can sort’em out. But, why try?
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