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: Rosewood & Thirty Reds

03 Jan 2017

(May 14, 2016) ... We started the night with a Rosewood 2007 Merlot Reserve; the nose is cassis and dried cherry oriented, but while the nose in inviting the palate is gritty to the finish with harsh tannins and cedary notes ... So I decided to aerate it. Yes it smoothed out a touch but it still remained harsh in the mouth; yes there's still an enjoyment factor to this wine, but it's not as good as it could or should have been.

Next up was a bottle of Thirty Bench 2007 Red, this wine still shows brilliant red and black fruit, gentle spice, good acidity, along with notes of cassis, black cherry, white pepper and raspberry.  There's also still a freshness here that the Rosewood '07 lacked in a big way - this previous 5 star wine is still highly enjoyable and still has some time ahead of it.

To see the original reviews click on the winery name below:
Rosewood ... Thirty Bench


A Canadian Inspired Birthday

29 Dec 2016

(May 10, 2016) ... So my wife is having her birthday dinner, and while she always says I'm in control of the wines I do know what she likes (Sparkling and Chardonnay) so I built her refills accordingly - but with a little something for me.

We started with a Hinterland 2007 Rose, you really can't go wrong with Hinterland bubbles, they are as consistent a sparkling producer as they come, even "off vintages" are still good. Here we stepped back in time to the '07, and while the description might not be great, you'll have to trust me that the taste was ... over-ripe strawberry, lime,  and bready on the nose; palate also showed that breadiness along with lemon pith, and burnt or over-ripe strawberry with some yeasty bits - maybe it would have been better to just say it was very nice.

Up next is another wine from the County, more recent and full on white: Closson Chase 2013 The Brock Chardonnay; this "lower end" labeling is one of the best values in the Closson line-up when they make it. The Brock is made from Niagara fruit - The Loyalist (when made, is all PEC) - pineapple, caramel apple, baked pear, with a luxuriously long finish.

Original reviews can be found here, just click on winery name below:

Hinterland ... Closson Chase


To read about the red we drank: Catena 2013 Cabernet Franc (Argentina) - click here


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