November 15, 2010
Lakeview Cellars 2005 Merlot
(Re-Tasted November 2010) ... I don't want to waste too much of your time reading this because to much time was wasted already on this bottle. I wasted too much time trying to drink it and come up with something nice to say about it (I really can't), and I hope Lakeview wasted a whole bunch of sleepless hours trying to decide on the closer of this wine, because they really ruined a perfectly good bottle of wine with what they chose. I took this over to a friend's house to watch a little Monday Night Football, eat some wings and, in general, have a good evening. One of the attendees is a big fan of Ontario wine so I was looking forward to sharing it with him. Off came the capsule and staring at me was a plastic cork. But can't let that influence you because it's what's in the bottle that counts. At first there was a big smell of black cherry and I breathed a sigh of relief ... but it took only 10 minutes before the wine was undrinkable, oxidized, woody and sour. My Ontario-fan friend said, "it tastes like it's been in a decanter for about an hour too long." I couldn't have put it better myself. I have two more bottle of this wine which I will try to locate and taste to see if the same thing occurs with each.
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