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 : 16 Mile Cellar 2011 Rebel Pinot Noir

19 Nov 2019

16 Mile 2011 Rebel Pinot Noir


September 15, 2019 ...  This rebellious Pinot Noir starts off a little harsh with both tannins and oak leading the charge on the palate and nose ... But as it continues to have oxygen added to it the fruit begins to emerge and things start coming into focus. At the hour mark things have evened out - there is a lovely freshness that has materialized and the wine has hit its stride. We decided to have pot roast for dinner and it turned out to be a good option. What also made this such a good dinner pairing was the great acidity and spice on the finish.

See original review here


Taste it Again : Peninsula Ridge 2012 Vintner's Private Reserve Merlot

27 Aug 2019

Pen Ridge 2012 Merlot


(August 8, 2019) ... 2012 seems a longer way off than just 7 years ago, my initial post of this wine on Facebook and instagram indicated the wine was 17 years old (I quickly amended this but was still caught out by two readers) - the wine would have been great for a 17 year old wine, but is still a delight at 7 ... Smoky, mocha, licorice, dried-raspberry, smoked-cherry and an elegant spice comes up right off the top, dig a little deeper and there are hints of oak-char that begin to develop on the long finish. Within an hour the wine has "opened up real nice-like" adding more layers of spice, dark fruit, and bittersweet cocoa ... all with an oak underlay. Pretty impressive - whoever said Merlot was boring and stopped drinking it is missing out on beauties like this.

See the oringial review here


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