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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: Coyote's Run 2008 Cabernet Francs

16 Dec 2018


Coyote's Run 2008 Cab Francs(June 19, 2017) ... As a Franc fan this little experient was a masterstroke by winemaker Dave Sheppard and owner Jeff Aubry ... They were pretty good representation of Franc from different soils in their youth and showed the affects of red vs black clay effectively - does age enhance that difference or bring them closer together:

2008 Red Paw Cabernet Franc ... Delicate herbal and smoky nose with dried raspberry and simple floral notes - a Franc with finesse and subtlety.

2008 Black Paw Cabernet Franc ... Layered with less herbal notes, but some kind of dried tea leaves,  plus there's dried and smoked raspberries and a really spicy finish - a much ballsier wine than the red paw.

read original reviews here:
Red Paw / Black Paw


Taste it Again: Inniskillin and Coyote's Run Chardonnays

16 Dec 2018

Inniskillin 2011 Montague Chard


(June 16, 2017) ... I'm looking at two Ontario Chardonnays one is just 6 years old the other 9 ... In truth my threshold for Chardonnay is more around the 7 year mark, after that they get too funky for my taste ... But I have been surprised by a few - is this one of those times?

Inniskillin 2011 Montague Vineyard Chardonnay ... Now of the two wines this is the one I was positive would have been the better of the two - it's younger, hence "fresher" and more approachable, right? Nope: the nose was full of burnt and oxidized butter and burnt sugar, there was no fruit on the wine; could the taste save it? Nope again: oxidized, burnt apple, bitter note and really hard to drink.

Coyote's Run 2008 BP Chardread original review here

Coyote's Run 2008 Black Paw Chardonnay ... This wine surprised the hell out of me, 3 years older and 300% better (also under screwcap), aromas are where they should be, buttery and smoky while the palate carries that smoky note along with buttery-dried-apple-and-peach, and it is still a deliciously drinkable wine, I still think 7 years is my cut-off but this does make a case for even older Chardonnay (under screwcap?).

read original review here



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