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 3-pack

06 Oct 2017


Lailey 2011 Brickyard Chardonnay(July 4, 2016) ... What a way to celebrate Independence day, with Canadian wine by my side ...

It all began with a Lailey 2011 Brickyard Chardonnay (original review) ... It kicked off with sweet vanilla and butterscotch then added mineral, apple, and lime meringue into the mix ... 5 years old and still lively and fresh. I wept a little for the now defunct winery, a mere shadow of it's former self.

C des C 2002 Cab MerlotNext to the table, a Chateau des Charmes 2002 Cabernet-Merlot (original review), it had just the right amount of savoury and herbal, along with stewed fruit and minimal bricking to the point of seeming young-ish: opened for 30 minutes  and in crept cassis and smoked-dried-black cherry ... still delicious, with a finish that delivered spicy notes along with, cedary-cinnamon and vanilla - great pairing with steak.

Muskoka Lakes Red MapleI rarely pull out a dessert wine, but what the heck, it's Independence Day, so the most Canadian of any of my dessert wines: Muskoka Lakes 2009 Red Maple.  It's like it hasn't aged a day, floral, sweet / tart cranberry, robust and still has vibrant acidity; a seemingly dry tart finish and all delivered with a viscous texture that leaves it lingering in the mouth for a long time.


Taste it Again: Wines on Canada Day 2016

19 Sep 2017

Lailey 2010 Cab-Merlot


(July 1, 2016) ... Time for a Canada Day BBQ at my brother's house, which means a few gems are pulled out and possibly a few duds too.

Kicked things off with a Lailey 2010 Cabernet-Merlot which seems to be doing well for a "drink now" wine. It's loaded with sweet dark and dried fruit while the palate is still quite smoky, with cassis, fig, tobacco, and cedar. Tannins remain firm and acidity is intact - I'm saying drink soon to get all that goodness while it's still around. (see the original review here)

C des C 2007 Cab Franc EstateNext up is a 10 year old Chateau des Charmes 2007 Cabernet Franc, Estate Bottled ... Nose shows little to nothing, even after an hour open, palate has something there, but whether you find it pleasureable depends on your definition of pleasure: it's all very leathery, with smoky-cedar and smoked-cherry; as a friend used to say "metso metso" ... neither am I liking this wine nor totally disliking it - over the next hour it develops a vegetal note which does not really add to the pleaaure-factor. (see the original review here)

Tollgate 2012 Red from Stratus ... It's a young wine that still delivers according to my original review, so here it is.

Round the BlendEnding with a California blend from Vino Rubio Cellars 2013 Round the Blend, the circle in the center of the label lists the grapes: petite sirah, syrah, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc, cabernet pfeffer, tempranillo, mourvedre, and pinot noir are all in there, and one of them I have never heard of! That all said the wine is an easy drinking pleasure with sweet red and black fruit, plum notes and hints of vanilla. Perfectly acceptable.


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