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):

US Thanksgiving 2016 (A Very Special Tribute)

15 Jul 2017

Icewines HInterland Inniskillin(November 24, 2016) ... It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ... or so the Tale of Two Cities starts - this year at Thanksgiving we went, as we always do, to celebrate with some friends across the river in New York ... but this year their was an element of sadness in the air: our friend's father had been recently diagnosed with cancer and the disease was doing a fine job of taking away this once athletic, vibrant and vivacious man turning him into a shell of his former self. It was hard to believe that just a year ago he was running "turkey trots" and cracking jokes, the frail old man that we walked in on this year still had the wit, but the body was not willing.  I always ask if anyone has any preferences for the wines I bring, and sparkling always seems to be a hit, but I caught wind that John had never tried icewine - as a Canadian and one from Ontario I was shocked but had the fix - not one but two bottle:
 
Inniskillin 2007 Riesling Icewine: if you're going to pour icewine you might as well go with the winery that made it famous, this 9 year old Riesling was a real dream, hitting all the high notes you want in an aged Icer: caramel, fig, honeyed and dried apricot with good balancing acidity to keep all those sweet flavours in check.

Wine two was a Hinterbrook 2009 Cabernet Franc Icewine, and if memory serves it would have been made by Natalie Spykowski; so a winemaker who knows her way around Franc and Icewine: here strawberry, balsamic, sweet black dried cherry and acidity that seemed to fit the vintage (high, because that is what 2009 is known for).

Less than two months later our friend's father, John, passed ... I was so glad to have met and known this man, his loving nature, his wit and charm, he was a pleasure to be around and a man I will miss sitting around that dinner table come Thanksgiving; and even though I saw him but once a year for a few hours he left a lasting impression ... I was glad to have been able to raise a glass or two with him over the years; the last two the most memorable of all.

Original Reviews ...
Inniskillin 2007 Rielsing Icewine
Hinterbrook 2009 Cab Franc Icewine - no original review

 

Taste it Again: Huff Estates 2006 Cuvee Peter F Huff

11 Jul 2017

Huff 2006 Peter F Huff(July 27, 2016) ... Usually Fridays are sparkling wine nights for us, but here we are mid-week enjoying a bottle of bubbles, and an older bottle at that: Huff Estates 2006 Cuvee Peter F Huff. When this wine was released it was lauded as a landmark wine for Huff, the County and a real turning point for the region - awards were heaped upon it and so was the praise ... So now we sit ten years from vintage date and it really is one of those wines that'll have you scratching your head or jumping for joy. Here's the scoop: there are a lot of aged sparkling characteristics like hazelnut, mushroom and marzipan - some might find these notes off-putting, yet there is something interesting under this cork - don't wait much longer.

Original Review - click here

 

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