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 : Rosehall Run 2013 Chardonnay, JCR Rosehall Vineyard

02 Jul 2019

Rosehall Run 2013 Chardonnay, JCR


(May 9, 2019) ... Still not a Chardonnay buff no matter how many videos I make and wines I taste, but this one had the ability to change me back in 2016 when I originally tried it, and now some 3 years later, and 6 years from vintage, it is swaying my opinions again. This 2013 JCR is at its peak with buttery-peach and apple, hints of vanilla and delicate spices; the acidity is totally on point and proved to be a true afternoon (early evening) delight for us.  But what really put me over the edge is that creamy middle that elevates this wine then the acidity that brings everything back down to earth - this Ontario, Prince Edward County, Chardonnay took us on a ride for the senses.

(see original review here)


Taste it Again : Inniskillin 2010 Pinot Noir, Montague Vineyard

02 Jul 2019


(May 3, 2019) ... I remember this wine from when I first tasted it, I remember it being a lovely Pinot and one of the first single vineyard Pinots that struck a nerve with me and made me stand up and take notice of the Montague vineyard ...  Inniskillin 2010 Pinot Noirnow here we are 9 years from vintage wondering if an Ontario Pinot can stand the test of time.

Kicking things off is the leather, black cherry, black raspberry and spiced plum, which I don't readily associate with Pinot Noir, but then I remember that 2010 is a hot vintage and there were many un-Pinot-esque flavours and aromas that year. There's plenty of dark fruit on the palate, most notably plum along with the trappings of white pepper with a coffee bean finish.  As the wine opens with time in the glass mocha and spiced plum dominate while there is also some really playful acidity ... But it never manages to fall into the realm of Pinot character for me.

Bottom line: it is a tasty wine, but don't expect to recognize it as Pinot if it is poured for you blind.

(see original review here)


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