As you may have noticed dear reader, I am one to usually stay within the safer realms of wine tasting (or in my case, the copious drinking thereof - but only in the most refined of ways...); by "safer realms" I mean, I buy a normal sized bottle, and then get my take from it.

If one sees wine bottled in a large, cumbersome container at a fairly reasonable price, one would think the grapes are from the left overs bin at the raisin and flakes cereal factory and then ran through a juicer to produce the wine inside.

At times, this is the case (not literally, the quality just makes one think so!). Fortunately, this one is not the case with today's selected vino - far from it, actually.

But I must admit a dark secret...I have tried this wine before *gasps and oohs* but! have found it to be a tried and true favourite, and is probably the wine that began my love affair with the cabernet sauvignon, hence my larger purchase.

Synthetically corked with a deep cherry red colour, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Triggs' cabernet sauvignon has a medium bodied, fruity/grapey nose, richly smelling of dark berries; inviting, and tasty.

Let's taste it shall we? Yes! Well...I'd pour you a glass, but sadly, it's all gone...but I can tell you about it, that's the next best thing, isn't it?

The berry nose is matched with berry notes in flavour, and it too is medium bodied but smooth, whose flavours are not overly complex, and are balanced well with the dryness and the alcohol.

I should note something rather amusing about the "body" of this wine. According to LCBO.com, this wine is light-bodied; I myself, as you just read, believe it's medium; the bottle however, notes that the wine is full-bodied. There you go: taste, like fashion, is truly individual!!

The label, as is always the case with my wine reviews, gives a more telling story: "...is full-bodied with subtle blackcurrant fruit on the nose. It is a dry, well-balanced wine with pleasing notes of tannin and oak on the palate." Okay then!

I will be the first to admit that this isn't the most expensive, sophisticated wine you can buy, but its smooth noticeable flavours and easy to drink character is what makes it so appealing. If ever I need a wine I know that will please, this certainly is counted amongst my top few reds.

***1/2 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$17.95 (US$16.80).

From LCBO.com:

JACKSON-TRIGGS CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 1.5L bottle
LCBO #331025
Wine, Red Wine
12.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Jackson-Triggs Winery

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