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):

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

Taste it Again: 2 Chards Different Results

11 Feb 2017

(September 19, 2016) ... A Sparkling wine Friday starts off with a bottle of Two Sisters Lush (read review here), a beauty of a rose bubble that whet out appetite for more wine, and whites at that, so to the wine fridge I went to grab out a bottle of Southbrook 2010 Whimsy Lot 20 Chardonnay ... this was a beauty and one of those Chardonnays I was completely enthralled with at the time of its release (to the tune of 4 1/2 stars) - sadly this particular bottle was a disaster with aromas of diaper pail, rancid garbage and oxidization; it was deep yellow in colour and trying to give it time just expanded the unappealing and atrocious flavours turning things into canned corn complete with tin; you just know I had to taste it and so ... I won't go on with what I found, but the finish was long lingering and awful - couldn't get the taste out of my mouth, nor the smell out of my nose ... was it just this bottle or had the wine gone completely bad, I'll never know because I do not have another bottle to compare it to - if you have one try it and please let me know.

Moving on to a wine that I was sure would prove more interesting and drinkable I opened a more recent KEW Vineyard 2013 Old Vines Chardonnay, and yes it was a much better experience:  pineapple, melon rind, lemon peel, hint of bitter melon, with some vanilla-hazelnut on the finish. Much better.

Read original reviews by clicking the winery name below:
Southbrook ... KEW Vineyards


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