February 22, 2010
Jackson-Triggs 2004 Proprietors' Reserve Meritage
(Re-Tasted February 2010) ... I'm not one to mince words and when it comes to plastic corks I have a real problem holding my tongue. The guy who invented plastic corks should be taken out back and shot. He/she has done wine no favours at all, in fact I think he single-handedly ruined a few vintages of good wine. The other thing that drives me crazy, is when I peel back the capsule of a bottle of wine and find a piece of plastic staring back at me - the immediate thought that runs through my head is "I have been waiting x-number of years to open this bottle and now I have to worry that it has oxidized because I had no idea it was sealed with a plastic cork" - it's infuriating.
So here I am tonight with a bottle of Jackson-Triggs 2004 Meritage and plastic is what I see ... I am already predisposed to be slightly pissed off, but I push on. The smells emanating from the glass are those of raspberry, licorice and a slightly sherried note; and with the passage of time it does not seem to be getting any better. Taste-wise, at first there was a vanilla-caramel note surrounded by dried red fruits; alas that does not last long and the wine seems to be wilting quickly in the glass, becoming more dried and lackluster.
By the second glass fruit is gone and the smell is fishy and funky with the merest hint of dried black fruit and cedary notes. Another 15 minutes past and I could have sworn I was drinking bilge water and that's too bad because this was a beauty in its prime. Has it's day past? That is a tough question, find one that wasn't sealed with plastic, or a plastic cork which has held it's seal and I think this one is ripe for the drinking - but the closure has helped age the wine faster, blast you plastic cork I still have two bottles in my collection.