MATT'S WINE NOT! DAN AYKROYD CABERNET MERLOT 2007 ONTARIO, CANADA RED WINE

So dear reader, admit it: when one thinks of wine, Dan Aykroyd isn't the first thing, let alone person, that would come to mind. Perhaps Ghostbusters or Blues Brothers, and of course, Saturday Night Live would all be far more appropriate things. But wine? Really?

Oh really. Believe me. Now I'm no expert (well DUH) but this was simply an absolute surprise in a bottle. Of course we're taught not to judge a wine bottle by it's label, but celebrity branded wines leave me a little...skeptical. Not anymore.

Having done a ton of research prior to writing this ("ton of research" meaning reading the back of the bottle), I discovered that Mr. Aykroyd grew a taste for the vineyard tipple while working on SNL and Blues Brothers, and the people responsible for this wine have sourced the grapes from vineyards in Canada's Niagara region. Being a good loyal Canadian, Monsieur Aykroyd feels that we make some of the best damn wines out there. Here here ya hoser. Wyne tyme!

First off, the wine label has a tres cool feature: tint it in some light, and they actually bothered to spend money on making the classic 50's microphone flash colours in the light almost a la a hologram...very jazzy indeed! The mic montage continues on the printed synthetic cork as well.

It has a nice medium red crimson colour, and after performing my swish test in zee glass, one gets a sense of some juiciness in terms of residue and dripping, showing to me at least, that this wine has some body to it!

Mr. Aykroyd's beverage has a medium to full dark nose of dark fruits, dark cherries and berries (wow I'm a poet and I didn't even know it), dark blueberries, and I picked up the ever slightest hint of licorice. That licorice bit is probably wrong, but who cares! Thus far, this one looks and smells much like a Cabernet.

The body contrasts however with the nose, as it has a nice medium body with some nice lightness! Mmm indeed! Tisn't too dry (although it is), and isn't overbearing or heavy in the least, and has a nice fruity taste, once more of dark fruits.

In other taste news, this one did have a slight alcohol zing, and a pleasingly well behaved bitterness/sourness, and tamed tannins. Poetry and alliteration! The aftertaste sported some slight bitterness/tannins.

Well again, who would've guessed. This Cab-Merlot blend was a very nice balance of tastes and flavours, with a great body and easiness of drinking...ness. Yeah.

In short, if you're looking for a great wine, don't sing the blues...or maybe you should! Try it, you'll love it. This one ranks easily amongst one of the best I've tried thus far in 2010.

***1/2 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$14.95 (US$14.60).

From LCBO.com:

DAN AYKROYD CAB MERLOT VQA, 750 mL bottle
LCBO #53827
Wine, Red Wine
13% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 1
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Lakeview Cellars Estate Winery

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