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 : Henry of Pelham 2010 Cabernet Merlot Estate

13 Apr 2022


Henry 2010 CM(February 26, 2021) ... Time to dive into the cellar, find an Ontario wine and see where it is at. So many people claim Ontario doesn't age, but I think there are so many more factors than where it is from: the producer, the region, the grapes, the vintage ...

This Pelham starts off earthy and forest floor, you can even feel those crispy leaves and the dried fruit, but the wine also maintains some good acidity. As it opens, there is a leanness to it, which was a surprise based on the vintage (2010 was primo). A little longer open and it is showing more character, though it still keeps those foresty notes, but cassis shows up and the tannins begin to emerge and round out, but the oak is also showing through.

Finally, after many sips and many hours I have a decision: Drink Now ...
This one is ready - but you have to like them noticeably older, the nose leans a little oaky - with not much fruit (but what there is sits on the dark side), but it's seasoned with oak, not the other way.


See the original review here



Taste it Again : Trius 2012 Red

06 Jan 2022


Trius 2012(February 11, 2021) ... It's a big year wine so I have high hopes: 2012 is one of those vintages that most of us in Ontario remember for giving us nice ripe fruit, and so now with almost 9 years from vintage date it's time to give this wine a try (again).

First Opened ... There's a nice dark fruit and spice on the nose with a palate that delivers black raspberry, cassis and blackberry along with smoke and spice.

An Hour Open ... Develops mocha and coffee along with black cherry and subtle burnt toast notes.

Two Hours Plus Open ... Here we are at the telltale two-hour mark and there's tobacco and raspberry; and within three hours there's a silkiness among all those layers of flavour. Really nice job here as this wine straddles the primary and secondary characteristics and is beginning to lean into some tertiary notes - so it might be time to give this one an open (if you have any left in your cellar that is).



See the original review here


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