Taste it Again / Lost & Found

On occasion, I’ll take a wine I like and put it away in a “special box” for a few years to see how it will age … below you will read happened to those wines. On the other hand, there are wines that get “lost” in my wine cellar with nary a review ever written - some have turned into golden Treasures, others supreme Trash and then there are those that fall somewhere in-between (Tolerable). We’ll look at those here too. (New wines are being added all the time so keep coming back):

Lost & Found: Tale of 2 Lailey Chardonnays

08 Mar 2017

Lailey Brickyard(December 28, 2016) ... It is with a degree of sadness that I report on the demise of this Lailey 2010 Brickyard Chardonnay - no it is not completely dead yet, but it is lying in wait at a hospice care facility: oxidizing, a little burnt / rancid butter, bitter, lacks fruit, flat-lining and unappealing ... the hot vintage might have had something to do with the longevity of this wine not being what one would expect from Lailey.

Lailey Curiosi-ThreeSo I dug out another Lailey Chardonnay, this time the 2013 Curiosi-Three The Blend; I was told it might not be a wine for the long term and I believe that advice was spot on; while this one was much more fruit forward and drinkable than the 2010 above, it is still showing signs of tiring:  almond, peach pit, there is a pseudo oxidized note to this wine that drifts in and out with every sip, but there is also some nice flavours of apple seed and butterscotch candy towards the finish ... Don't wait too long on this one, it's getting old so you'll want to enjoy it before it too joins the 2010 Brickyard at the hospice.


Taste it Again: An Ontario Foursome

02 Mar 2017

Featherstone 2009 Gamay(June 1, 2016) ... There was some occasion for opening 4 bottles this night, but all I can remember is we had some folks over for dinner and decided to investigate some older Ontario wines, starting with a Featherstone 2009 Gamay Noir. '09 was a wet, very acid driven vintage, so varieties that benefit from high acidity did really well (ie: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc); this Gamay had a pretty nose of violets and dried cherry while on the palate the alcohol seemed a little more in your face than expected. Palate showed elements of spice and dried cherry with bits of cranberry. We also saw a dramatic bricking in colour.

Norman Hardie 2009 Cab FrancWe moved on up the ladder to a Norman Hardie 2009 Cabernet Franc, same year, different region for winemaking - this might have been Norm's first Franc under his eponymous label ... Sadly vintage did not help with longevity for this wine, nor did the cooler region of Prince Edward County. Tons of old-school Ontario green pepper & green peas on the nose, palate proved to be a bit weedy, and hard to drink. There have been better versions made since.

Nyarai 2007 Cab MerlotTwo years earlier was the summer of 2007, which was a much nicer growing season and brought Ontario some gorgeous wines, like this initial red offering from a new (at the time) virtual winery:  Nyarai Cellars 2007 Cabernet Merlot - it has aged nicely with its dark fruit core, spice, and hint of vanilla on the finish. Still holding up well.

Pillitteri 2002 TrivalenteThe star of the night was my heavy bottle of Pillitteri 2002 Trivalent, a blend of Cabernet Franc (50%), 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon ... I've been waiting a long time to drag this one out of the cellar and now, at the 13 year mark, I pulled the trigger: dried dark and red fruit, with both dried and spiced cherry taking center stage, still showing firm tannins ... A big, for Ontario, 14% alcohol that still felt relatively young - remarks ranged from 'great bottle' to 'very Bordeaux in style'. Congrats to Pillitteri for putting this elegance in bottle, could probably go another 5 years - but drinking now might be the better way to go.

To see the original reviews - click below
Featherstone 2009 Gamay Noir
Norman Hardie 2009 Cabernet Franc
Nyarai Cellars 2007 Cabernet Merlot
Pillitteri 2002 Trivalent - no original review

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