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):

A Canadian Inspired Birthday

29 Dec 2016

(May 10, 2016) ... So my wife is having her birthday dinner, and while she always says I'm in control of the wines I do know what she likes (Sparkling and Chardonnay) so I built her refills accordingly - but with a little something for me.

We started with a Hinterland 2007 Rose, you really can't go wrong with Hinterland bubbles, they are as consistent a sparkling producer as they come, even "off vintages" are still good. Here we stepped back in time to the '07, and while the description might not be great, you'll have to trust me that the taste was ... over-ripe strawberry, lime,  and bready on the nose; palate also showed that breadiness along with lemon pith, and burnt or over-ripe strawberry with some yeasty bits - maybe it would have been better to just say it was very nice.

Up next is another wine from the County, more recent and full on white: Closson Chase 2013 The Brock Chardonnay; this "lower end" labeling is one of the best values in the Closson line-up when they make it. The Brock is made from Niagara fruit - The Loyalist (when made, is all PEC) - pineapple, caramel apple, baked pear, with a luxuriously long finish.

Original reviews can be found here, just click on winery name below:

Hinterland ... Closson Chase

 

To read about the red we drank: Catena 2013 Cabernet Franc (Argentina) - click here

 

Lost & Found: Inniskillin 2002 Cabernet Franc Reserve

14 Dec 2016

Our Wine & Cheese Spread

(May 4, 2016) ... I have Ontario wine royalty in the house, Donald Ziraldo has stopped by to be part of the very first Two Guys Talking Wine legacy podcast ... during the Podcast recording I thought it fun to pull out my oldest (non-icewine) bottle of Inniskillin wine (the winery Donald helped to found) ... Throughout the recording we made comment about the wine and by the end we had my podcast partner, Andre Proulx, wishing he'd come down to Niagara for the recording session instead of staying in Toronto. The conversation lasted a little shy of 2 hours, of which we used an hour in the podcast so Donald and I had plenty of time to experience this wine's opening:


Starts off with cassis, cigar box, touch of cedar, dried raspberry ... Ends smooth and lush with silky tannins, fresh lively fruit, it had a real elegance about it but still with notes of cedar and cigar smoke permeating. Surprising to both of us this wine was still lively, vibrant and full of life ... Which best describes Donald Ziraldo to a tee, so I'm glad we got to share it - sorry Andre.

You can listen to the Podcast here

 

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