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):

Lost & Found : Two Ontario Sparkling at 7 years

14 Feb 2021

(September 11, 2020) ... Years ago I started using CellarTracker as my cellar inventory management of choice - for my cellar it is perfect - a few years later I started labeling my bottles with barcodes (generated by CellarTracker) for easy removal ... I also put the "purchase date" on the bottle - specifically for wines like these two: non-vintage sparkling ... Tonight I opened 2 such wines, both purchased in 2013 - one a blended sparkling the other a Chardonnay sparking - here's the results to the question, do Ontario sparkling wines age?

Trius Sparkling ... (2013 purchased) - this one is really toasty with notes of almond and marzipan (almond paste), it's more nutty than fruity, but the acidity has held up and it was quite drinkable. Trius Brut

Cave Spring B de BlancsCave Spring Blanc de Blanc ... (2013 purchase) - this was the better of the two wines; first there was a sweet vanilla note on the mid-palate with some almond and toast playing around in there too - winemaker Angelo Pavan once told me that there is potentially some Chardonnay Musqué in these Blanc de Blancs sparklings and that might be what is creating that "sweet" note, but it is quite appealing, plus there's a floral note that is subtle but adds a prettiness to the wine ... this was the wine of the night. 


Taste it Again : Chateau des Charmes 2005 Rose Brut

12 Feb 2021

C des C 2005 a


(September 5, 2020) ... This is the wine I got engaged to some 12 or more years ago.

It starts off with a huge strawberry component and the longer it sits open that "strawberry" moves to red currant ... the bubbles seem to have subsided over the years and the wine is now more a frizzante than straight on traditional method sparkling in nature; there is also some sweetness creeping in on the mid-palate.

Open now 30 minutes and a subtle earthiness moves in to both the nose and palate; that said it is still a pleasant wine. Yes the colour has darken with time and those pétillant bubbles are dropping out to create more of a still wine almost the moment it hits the glass (when poured it has minimal mousse) ... it's a little battered, a little bruised but it has held up - seems the right metaphor.


See orignal review here



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