August 28, 2011
Hillebrand 2005 Trius Red
Or even look at the previous Taste it Again review - March 2009
(Re-Tasted August 2011) ... It's like a re-taste of a re-taste; it seems that every two years I pull out a bottle of this and re-taste the wine, and now it's my third go round with the 2005 Trius Red. '05 was a good year in Ontario and the reds loved the weather. According to the most recent LCBO vintage chart they rate Niagara wines from 2005 a 9A (meaning a nine out of ten and "A" for can be aged longer) ... I would agree. This red blend is drinking well now but could stand another 5 years or more without too much degradation. The nose is black currant, black raspberry, vanilla and cinnamon spice. The palate doles out oak from the get go before the wood relinquishes its hold and lets the spice and the the black fruit emerge, so some patience when drinking now is a must. If you have some in the cellar, like I do, drink one now just to get a frame of reference and we'll talk about this one again in a couple of years. Cheers.
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