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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 : Thirty Bench 2010 Small Lot Merlot

02 Jan 2019

Thirty Bench 2010 Small Lot Merlot


(November 25, 2017) ... Back in 2010 Merlot was riding high in Ontario, and '10 was a gorgeous vintage for reds. This Thirty Bench wine started off very slowly with simple aromas of oak and cassis ... But the palate shows so much more, and it layered it all in slowly but surely: a pleasant dark fruit start, then 30 mins later it seems to be very oak oriented, another 20 minutes pass and a fruit explosion occurs plus vanilla shows up too; then the juiciness start to emerge and this wine just takes off. On the finish a spicy / peppery nuance begins to creep in all the while adding in elements of coffee bean and under-brush. What a beauty this is.

read original review here



Taste it Again : Ravine 2010 Picone Vineyard Cabernet Franc

02 Jan 2019

Ravine 2010 Piccoe CF


(November 9, 2017) ... it's one of those special single vineyard wines that have become de rigueur, but back in 2010 seeing a single vineyard moniker on a bottle of Ontario wine was not prevalent: the nose is not one you'd think of as truly inviting with its dusty, smoky, pencil shavings, and cassis, but the palate seems to deliver more of what you're looking for in a seven year old bottle of Franc: oak and smoky, with spicy, dried dark fruit, and a dusty cocoa finish.

read the original review here


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