Taste it Again / Lost & Found06 Oct 2017
- Category: Lost & Found / Taste it Again
(July 4, 2016) ... What a way to celebrate Independence day, with Canadian wine by my side ...
It all began with a Lailey 2011 Brickyard Chardonnay (original review) ... It kicked off with sweet vanilla and butterscotch then added mineral, apple, and lime meringue into the mix ... 5 years old and still lively and fresh. I wept a little for the now defunct winery, a mere shadow of it's former self.
Next to the table, a Chateau des Charmes 2002 Cabernet-Merlot (original review), it had just the right amount of savoury and herbal, along with stewed fruit and minimal bricking to the point of seeming young-ish: opened for 30 minutes and in crept cassis and smoked-dried-black cherry ... still delicious, with a finish that delivered spicy notes along with, cedary-cinnamon and vanilla - great pairing with steak.
I rarely pull out a dessert wine, but what the heck, it's Independence Day, so the most Canadian of any of my dessert wines: Muskoka Lakes 2009 Red Maple. It's like it hasn't aged a day, floral, sweet / tart cranberry, robust and still has vibrant acidity; a seemingly dry tart finish and all delivered with a viscous texture that leaves it lingering in the mouth for a long time.