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: Wines on Canada Day 2016

19 Sep 2017

Lailey 2010 Cab-Merlot


(July 1, 2016) ... Time for a Canada Day BBQ at my brother's house, which means a few gems are pulled out and possibly a few duds too.

Kicked things off with a Lailey 2010 Cabernet-Merlot which seems to be doing well for a "drink now" wine. It's loaded with sweet dark and dried fruit while the palate is still quite smoky, with cassis, fig, tobacco, and cedar. Tannins remain firm and acidity is intact - I'm saying drink soon to get all that goodness while it's still around. (see the original review here)

C des C 2007 Cab Franc EstateNext up is a 10 year old Chateau des Charmes 2007 Cabernet Franc, Estate Bottled ... Nose shows little to nothing, even after an hour open, palate has something there, but whether you find it pleasureable depends on your definition of pleasure: it's all very leathery, with smoky-cedar and smoked-cherry; as a friend used to say "metso metso" ... neither am I liking this wine nor totally disliking it - over the next hour it develops a vegetal note which does not really add to the pleaaure-factor. (see the original review here)

Tollgate 2012 Red from Stratus ... It's a young wine that still delivers according to my original review, so here it is.

Round the BlendEnding with a California blend from Vino Rubio Cellars 2013 Round the Blend, the circle in the center of the label lists the grapes: petite sirah, syrah, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc, cabernet pfeffer, tempranillo, mourvedre, and pinot noir are all in there, and one of them I have never heard of! That all said the wine is an easy drinking pleasure with sweet red and black fruit, plum notes and hints of vanilla. Perfectly acceptable.


Taste it Again: Sparkling Wine Friday Chardonnays

11 Sep 2017

Huff 2008 Chardonnay

(June 24, 2016) ... it's a sparkling wine Friday and after the Lighthall 2011 Progressions and the Coyote's Run 2011 Sparkling Chardonnay we open a small slew of Chardonnays:

Huff Estates 2008 Southbay Chardonnay, at 8 years it's on the edge of where I like my aged Chardonnay: butterscotch and mushroom with banana skin, vanilla bean and spice; there's also good acidity and some baked peach cobbler on the finish, pretty impressive beginning to our first into "older" Chardonnay. (find original review here)

Ghost Pines 2010 Chardonnay, probably one of the best years for this California blended-from-a-variety-of-regions Chardonnay; it's gone mainly along the lines of delicate vanilla and white fruits, the acidity seems to be well balanced and because of that pairs very well with the salmon we had for dinner.

Ghost Pines 2010 ChardonnayRustenberg 2014 Chardonnay was the youngest of the chardonnay we opened tonight, because the review was so recent from when we drank the bottle I'll just link the review here.

For some reason we decided to end with one more bubble, this time it's a weird choice, Hinterland 2013 Borealis, something that some say should be consumed within a year, but I still have some in the cellar (I like to experiment). This wine is made from Gamay and has a nice bit of sparkle with some light balsamic and strawberry notes; they said it was not suppose age but it has stood up quite well; though I would drink it sooner than later. (find original review here)


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