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 : Chateau des Charmes 2007 Equuleus

12 Jan 2020


C des C 2007 EquuleusOctober 26, 2019 ... I don't usually look back at a review until after I have written the new one, keeps me from being enthused or jaded (as the case may be), but this Equuleus caused me a little bit of trouble so I wanted to see where it was all those years ago.  Back in 2011 I had to taste this wine a number of times before it finally "spoke to me" and then I rated it pretty high thinking it was finally on its way to mellow and settle down - I'm not quite sure it's ever going to get there now:  lots of rough and rugged tannins from the get-go here ... there is some dark fruit skins that seem to cause a gritty texture to the wine, think tannic-blueberries but there is also a ton of wood notes. Will this resolve? At an hour or more opened it's still having problems shaking those rugged tannins. Continuing this experiment further into the night I continued to sniff and sip ... I finally pulled the plug at the 3.5 hours mark ... tannins still had not mellowed but the dark / blue fruit was showing much better - I have one bottle left, for shits and giggles let's see what happens in a few more years.

See original review here


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


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