Taste it Again / Lost & Found07 Oct 2016
- Category: Lost & Found / Taste it Again
(March 5, 2016) ... My mother has come down for a visit and so it's interesting to open a few wines with the person who helped spark and future my love of wine - mom was always interested, my dad not so much, so when I caught the wine-bug mom was right there to explore with me. We also invited a few friends over to taste and have dinner with us. As usual I have no notes on the meal but here are the three wines we opened:
Peninsula Ridge 2012 Merlot, Vintners Private Reserve ... This was a gorgeous wine that needed time when first released and now I'm popping a cork to see how it's maturing. The nose is subtle with wild strawberry, blueberry and balsamic notes plus a little black licorice - the palate has softened considerably and has white pepper, blueberry skin, peppered-raspberry, cassis, and a long cedar-pencil shaving finish. Wine still has much time ahead of it.
... The Chateau impresses me with the longevity of their older vintages. I find some of their wines these days to be approachable earlier, but these classic gems need time and love to coax out what is truly behind their rugged façade. This Franc has a very unappealing nose full of woody and earthy notes with a touch of cassis; the palate is where it counts the most and it delivers in the flavours department with tobacco and cassis, smooth and silky dried blackberry and wood smoke. I would say it's peaked and heading downhill but not fast. Chateau des Charmes 2007 Cabernet Franc, Estate Bottled
Chateau des Charmes 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, St. David's Bench ... Being impressed with a 14 year old Canadian Wine starts right here. The nose is leathery with cassis notes, but the palate over delivers in the form of dried fruit, adds smoky elements plus licorice ... Quite drinkable and enjoyable, and that's the sign of a good old wine, would you have another sip, another glass or wish you'd bought more - the answer to all three of these is a resounding yes.
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