Featherstone Estate Winery Red Tail Merlot 2008, Niagara, Canada

Featherstone Estate Winery from the Twenty Mile Bench in the Niagara region of Ontario presents a take on Merlot that tastes like a fresh fruit salad of strawberry and watermelon with a drop of cassis. Not exactly typical Merlot descriptors, right? The bottle claims that wine maker and falconer Louise Engel is dedicated to sustainable farming and allows hawks to keep the peace on the vineyard, and pests at bay. Not exactly typical grape growing, right?

From the get-go, I found the aroma to be a very inviting yet discrete floral scent with berries and wood – common enough to be familiar, but not mundane. This wine behaves sensitive college gal who wears plaid jackets and Nirvana T shirts – charmingly wispy, a little bit out of the ordinary and beautiful in an almost accidental manner. So here is a toast to my first EMO music wine matching, with an interesting cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped box from Erlend Bratland, a contestant on Norway Has Got Talent. Bratland brings down the techniclolor paint splattering grunge factor from the classic original, and draws a pretty and open landscape in two-tone. The wine too strips away many of expected sensations of a Merlot and exposes a beauty that is perhaps more vulnerable, capturing what made Kurt Cobain a legend and what makes this wine a rewarding gamble.

Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.

Give it a listen on youtube: http://t.co/rUajFKj

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