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 : Trius 2014 Red

03 Jul 2020

Trius 2014 Red


(April 12, 2020) ... I'll be honest, this wine was probably exactly what I expected, especially considering the vintage of 2014, at the time of the wine coming out I gave it a four-star rating and sad "give it a couple of years and you will be pleasantly surprised" ... I gave it three. Was I right? Ummm ...

Not if you like fruit, because this wine was almost devoid of it: licorice, smoky, earthy, herbal and tobacco leaf, everything was very tertiary, sure their was great acidity backing it all up, but it was rather a disappointment. If you are a fan of the "Red" from Trius, don't be deterred, they are still great wines, but in a vintage like 2014 you just can't make silk from a sows ear.  Rating: Thumbs Down


See the original review here


Taste it Again : Rosewood 2012 Origin Merlot

30 Apr 2020

Rosewood 2012 Origin Merlot


(February 1, 2020) ... Ontario Merlot is a fickle kinda wine, it can be harsh in its early stages and then it mellows after about 3-5 years (with the caveat that it has to be a good year, or else it gets hidden and overshadowed by wood) ... People say Pinot is tough, but for Ontario Merlot just seems to cause fits ... and once again here we are tasting an old Ontario Merlot 8 years from vintage date and aftre consulting my own notes (before writing this) I see it was given a whopping 45% new oak treatment, what could go wrong?

The wine kicks off with spicy dark fruit and subtle herbal notes; then it moves into the realm of spice and dusty cocoa as the fruit begins to retreat (rather quickly I might add) and it becomes mainly blackberry, cedar and spice.

In about an hour the verdict is in: the nose turned out to be better than the palate ... as flavours became very wood dust, cedar with biting tannins on the mid-palate to the finish ... sad because there did seem to be such potential when opened, but air and time took its toll. Just "a tad" over the hill.

See original review here


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