April 6, 2011
Calamus Estate 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
(Re-Tasted April 2011) ... It was not really a good day for trying Ontario wines, some days are just like that, you want to drink wine from a region but everything you open doesn`t work out. You probably read about the nasty Reif 2006 Cabernet Franc opened earlier this day, well later we opened a bottle of Calamus 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, with better, but not great results. The nose was initially rife with acetone notes and a little bitter on the palate. After finishing those few mouthfuls I grabbed up the bottle, screwed the cap back on and gave the bottle a vigorous shaking, much to the room`s shock. I then poured myself another tasting. The results of the sudden shock of aeration vastly improved what was shaping up to be a miserable drinking experience ... the acetone crept into the background and revealed dried blackberries and forest floor aromas. The bitterness also abated and turned into dried blackberry on the tongue, but there was also a prevalence of bitter wood tannins making there way up the back palate and onto the finish, which I suspect will soon take over the front as well. As my host pointed out, `this wine is on the decline`; so if you have some in your cellar the time to drink it now, give it plenty of air, and a good shake.