CREW Rides The Wave – Robert K. Stephen (CSW), Windsor Square

Filed in News, Wine Reviews on May 17, 2013

By Robert K. Stephen (CSW)

(WINDSOR, ON) – On Saturday 11 May 2013 CREW shows up in an LCBO Vintages Release with its classic 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. Some 226 cases are in the LCBO system, ready to be snapped up by consumers, and it’s selling very well.

I rated this wine in 2011 and it’s great to see The Windsor Square being sourced as the review in the Vintages catalogue, the Vintages on-line site, and also on in-store signage. I can’t recall seeing any signage for The Windsor Star at any LCBO.

Keeping local in the news is the job of The Windsor Square, even if it’s in every LCBO store throughout the province. Unlike most other LENS wineries CREW keeps me up to date with new releases and provides samples of new releases, without having me nag them.

Very savvy marketers at CREW!

VINTAGES 328385 | 750 mL bottle

Price $ 25.00

This is a VQA wine

Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Colchester Ridge Estate Winery Inc.
Release Date: May 11, 2013

Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity
Wine, Red Wine
14.9% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Sugar Content: 2 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
… It has a dark ruby colour and on the nose the hallmark Lake Erie North Shore (‘LENS’) rhubarb hovering about in the background in a bit of a raw yet totally harmonious mix of blueberries, black cherries and cassis encased in a lusty smoky frame … Grab a case and let it age until 2017 … On the palate a thick marching phalanx of sweet rhubarb, dark chocolate, cherry cola with some tobacco and a hint of percolated Colombian coffee. Despite the 24 months in oak the finish is remarkably clean and precise. The tannins and acids are relatively firm but not overpowering. The finish and body are in the medium range … Score – 91. (Robert K. Stephen, CSW,, Oct. 25, 2011)

NOTE: Prices subject to change without notice. Prices include container deposit fees where applicable. All products may not be available in all stores. Select products may be available to customers in limited quantity. Please see store personnel for details. The above noted alcohol content may differ from the alcohol content displayed on the bottle label due to the timing of changes in vintage dates or production lot codes. Customers are advised to read the bottle labels to confirm the actual alcohol content of their purchases.

CREW 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon on the shelves at the LCBO. Photo by Robert Stephen.

CREW 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon on the shelves at the LCBO. Photo by Robert Stephen.

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