October 25, 2010
Inniskillin 2004 Montague Vineyard Merlot
(Re-Tasted October 2010) ... When you look at a bottle of 2004 Ontario red you secretly hope you haven't waiting too long to drink it. This one's 6 years from vintage date, and a rather weak vintage at that, but this is a wine made by one of the old guard of Ontario winemaking ... it is also a single vineyard offering grown on the Montague vineyard, and finally, it's Merlot, a grape that does well in the big O and usually needs a few years to start showing well even in the best of years. With this pedigree and knowledge I opened this wine with a bit of enthusiasm. Smells were almost non-existent, maybe some dried and woody aromas started to emerge some 30 minutes after opening, but nothing really got traction in the aromas department. Tastes were dried dark fruit, black licorice, wood and still with some nice spice character. After 2 hours of being open it had gone more wood than fruit; but the interim was quite a pleasant experience.