Jackson-Triggs Proprietors' Reserve Merlot 2005

It’s Friday night here in Québec, and I just got back from the long walk to the local state-owned liquor store. I asked (in bad French) where the red Canadian wines were, and the clerk switched to English, joking that they didn’t have many owing to the “border skirmishes” between here and Ontario. Sorry, folks, but it was either this wine or the Dan Aykroyd, so I went with what they had.If there’s a nose to this wine, I’m sorry, but it’s escaping me at the moment. Although it’s a lush reddish color with just a hint of browning (presumably due to the somewhat iffy plastic cork), it doesn’t smell of much more than somewhat dusty (ready: oak-chip-y) red fruits with a whiff of something not quite right like nail varnish. It’s not exactly appetizing, alas.Rich, full-bodied, and nicely tannic in the mouth, the primary flavor is something that I don’t associate with Merlot, and I’m not sure exactly how to describe it. There seems to be an unwelcome greenness or stalkiness here, which suggests to me that this wine has been chaptalized; there’s plenty of alcohol here (beaucoup de jambes, mes amis), but the flavor profile doesn’t match. It reminds me of frozen Supreme Pizza, the kind with a lot of green pepper on it and industrial pepperoni that tastes of little more than pepper. In short, folks, this wine is kind of nasty. Unfortunately, it’s all I have until I can get into Montréal proper tomorrow (I’m out by the airport in a generic business hotel at this point), so it’ll just have to make do. In the meantime, let’s hope that room service gets here quickly.Jackson-Triggs
Price: C$16.35
Closure: Synthetic cork

2 thoughts on “Jackson-Triggs Proprietors' Reserve Merlot 2005

  1. I don’t believe that I’ve tasted this particular one, but I’ve never been particularly impressed by any Jackson-Triggs wine I’ve had.

    You should also note that it’s quite difficult to get any good BC wines in eastern Canada; so many of them are drunk in the province, or in other western provinces, that there’s not much left to go around. I know that the LCBO (in Ontario) can’t get all the BC wines that they’d like to stock, and I presume that the same is true for the SAQ here in Québec.

  2. Yeah, the SAQ’s selection out in the ‘burbs wasn’t exactly aces – and even in the fancy Sélection shop near the Place des Spectacles in Montréal, it didn’t get much better. Although they had Osoyoos-Larose there at $44 (which I love), that was basically it; compared to a LCBO marketing circular I was looking at it earlier in the week, the selection seemed kinda lame.

    I’ve had the Jackson-Triggs reserve meritage (I think it’s called) before and liked it enough to serve it at my brother-in-law’s wedding rehearsal dinner, but this particular wine kinda sucked. 🙁

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