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):

Lost & Found: Hillebrand 2002 Trius Merlot

05 Dec 2017

Trius 2002 Merlot(August 24, 2016) ... Andre Proulx and are are speaking with JL Groux for our Pocast series, Two Guys Talking Wine, and in particular for our legacy series within the podcast; I pulled out one of the oldest bottles from JL's former employer, Hillebrand, and a wine from the 2002 vintage, a nice hot vintage.  The nose is earthy, leathery, and oaky - fruit is non-existent aroma-wise and palate-wise it isn't much different: spicy and oaky notes with little to no fruit, cedar has definitely taken hold. The nice part is that fruit begins to emerge after about 30-45 mins, it's dried but definitely red with notes of cassis on the finish. Within an hour it smooths out and the spice disappears replaced by hints of weak coffee.


Taste it Again: Another Dinner at Sue's (Ontario / Chile)

01 Dec 2017


(July 29, 2016) .... Always fun to dine at our friend Sue's place because I get to bring all kinds of weird stuff ... I never ask her what she's making and she never asks what I'm bringing - it's a leap of faith on both our parts.

2 ChardonnaysTonight it all started with a Huff 2006 South Bay Chardonnay, sadly this one was slightly corked, but got worse (as corked wine is apt to do) - too bad, cause while it was just on the slight side we noticed it would have been a decent older Chardonnay, because it really showed some pretty caramel and buttery notes, but it proved to be a little too far gone too quickly.

Next up was a Coyotes Run 2008 Black Paw Chardonnay, this age is just as the edge of my Ontario boundary for old Chardonnay - nutty, with apple seed, yellow melon rind, and green pear. Delicate quick finish that reminded us of grapefruit pulp and still holding on to nice acidity on the back end.

2 Pinot NoirsMoving away from Ontario for a quick minute we opened a Paso Hondo 2004 Pinot Noir, out of Chile, earthy, dark cherry, smoky, and oaky, with 14℅ alcohol ... And yet, even with those notes it was easier to pick it out as Pinot Noir then it was with our next wine ...

Lailey 2007 Pinot Noir, Niagara Peninsula ... Very earthy, dry and peppery with oak and cedar cascading all over the tongue ... Had we not seen Pinot Noir on the label, there is no way one who would have guessed it too be so - too far gone to allow fruit to come back and thus a lemon in it's present state (but who knows, Pinot is notorious for playing possum in some years).

See original reviews here:
Huff 2006 South Bay Chardonnay - no original review
Coyotes Run 2008 Black Paw Chardonnay
Lailey 2007 Pinot Noir, Niagara Peninsula



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