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 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


Lost & Found : Double Dose of Trius Bruts

31 Mar 2020


Trius Bruts(November 24, 2019) ... Pulled out two bottles of Trius Brut tonight - a bottle of the Brut Rose that I purchased in 2018 - no big deal it tasted like it should, but the real question mark was the bottle of Trius Brut, bought in 2014.

Years ago I questioned both the winemaker and the winery about how one could tell when a bottle of the Trius Brut was produced:  are there markings on the bottle, the label, etc?  I was told "no" so I resorted to using my CellarTracker account and put the date purchased on the barcode label I print up and attach to every bottle ... this one said I purchased the bottle in 2014, so it is a 5 year old bottle of non-vintage bubbles from Ontario. Lots of almond, bosc pear, buttered toast with a hint of praline - there was also still a great acid backbone;  so tonight I was able to prove that Trius Brut bought in 2014 stood up and stood the test of time; though I would drink any you have from this batch sooner than later.


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