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 : Cave Spring 2007 Pinot Noir Estate

08 Mar 2019


(October 5, 2018) ... This is a tale of two, maybe three wines in one bottle - this 2007, now 11 years old, and made from the estate Pinot Noir of Cave Spring was one thing at first, then changed to another, then changed a third time and it all started this way ...

At first pop of the cork the wine was leathery, black licorice and dried cherry - I would say a pretty good start for its age ... then in swept good acidity and a wonderful smoky finish.  As it sat the entry turned from leather and licorice to sweet fruit, then carried on to spiced dried cranberry ... then the licorice came back on the finish.  But 30 minutes later disaster struck as hints of prune begin to emerge and pretty much start to take over all aspects of the wine from there ... Sigh.  It's a drink quick wine but you will enjoy it in that short time.

Find the original review here


Taste it Again : Talking Old Vineland

06 Mar 2019


(October 3, 2018) ... Sitting across from my podcast co-host Andre Proulx we opened these old bottles of Vineland and let the verbiage come out ... I think we were both surprised at how good these two wines still were and the value they bring to the table, as both wines at time of purchase were under $25 ...

Vineland Duo 2005Vineland 2005 Cabernet Franc ... From a hot / good vintage and a winemaker that loves Franc, so you must have a little faith it's going to hold up, even 13 years later: licorice, earthy, tobacco, there's even some unexpected notes of coffee and sweet dried cherry.

Vineland 2005 Elevation Cabernet-Merlot ... A red blend of the big three reds, and again 13 years later it's still juicy with blackberry and black cherry, smoky, mocha, and good acidity ... As the wine sat open there were even hints of blue fruit that popped in and out.

Usually I pick a winner but this one is too close to call - maybe I'd go with the straight up Franc which was a mere $12.95 back in 2006 when I bought the wine and has no business being that good at that age for that price.

See original reviews here:
2005 Cabernet Franc
2005 Elevation Cabernet-Merlot

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