January 19, 2011
Calamus Estate Winery 2005 Calamus Red
(Re-Tasted January 2011) ... It's nice to see that Ontario wines can stand the test of time, granted it is only 5 years for this particular wine but it has come through quite nicely, with little to no degradation in quality. If you look back at my original review you'll see this wine went for the relatively inexpensive (read: cheap as chips) price of $13.00 a bottle. Thirteen dollars a bottle for a wine of this quality? Seems almost surreal. Reminds me of the old joke about the worm looking out the flying bird's rear end and him saying, "you wouldn't shit me now would you?" But seriously, this was some delicious wine for the price, and now just a hair over 6 years from vintage date it proves itself again. The nose is white pepper, red berries (mainly strawberries) with spiced blueberries and also some wood spice. The palate is also intriguing with dark fruit, spice, good acidity and dusty tannins, lively but dry ... this bottle still has a few years left in it, say another 3 or 4 just to be on the safe side. That price tag is looking more and more like a steal the older, and finer, this wine gets.