Niagara Wine Review: Trius Red 2010

Trius Red

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Trius Red 2010
Produced by Trius Winery at Hillebrand
43% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc & 27% Cabernet Sauvignon
Niagara Peninsula VQA
13.5% alc.

$22.95 at LCBO, Winery, Aisle 43 & Vineyard Estate Wines

Tasting Note:

Trius Red has an elegant nose of leather, plum, mild black currant and soft black licorice. It’s dark plum colouring and rich nose sets up expectations for complex and full flavours. The tannins are medium, making this a great wine to drink now with a steak or roast beef. On the palate, the wine has blackberry and black fruit flavours along with mild oak imparted from barrel aging. This wine would be bolstered from great to excellent if it had a slightly longer finish.


I was particularly excited to retry this wine as it represents a little family history for me. This was the first ‘fancy’ wine my family had back in the 90’s before quality wine hit the LCBO shelves in full force. My parent tried it in a London, Ontario restaurant and liked it so much they sought it out at the Hillebrand winery in Niagara.

At the time, Trius wasn’t stocked at the LCBO – at the least not in southwestern Ontario – so my dad ordered a special case. I think it ran about $16 a bottle at that time. This was a big deal for us, as we weren’t really big wine drinkers and certainly were not connoisseurs. We’d bring out a bottle of our Trius Red for special events like Christmas Eve dinner.

I was tentative about retrying Trius now that I’ve been exposed to a wide range of wine styles, price points and qualities. I’m certainly glad to say that it’s great quality and still extremely enjoyable.


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