October 19, 2011
D'Angelo 2006 Iced Foch
(Re-Tasted October 2010) ... The lack of Marechal Foch wines reviewed on my site (OntarioWineReview.com) speaks volumes. While I can find some redeeming features in Baco (another bane of my existence) there is very little in Foch that I find redeeming, to me it always has the faint hint of stinky feet or rotten cheese ... that is until I tried what Sal D'Angelo did in 2008 which turned out to be the greatest use of Foch I had tried, and the best use of a hybrid since I tried a Baco "port" from New York state. The question is, did this wine stand up over the past 5 years? Well I have to confess I think it did, but not as well as it could have. You see Sal insists on using plastic corks and these spoil his wines something terrible. But, since this was a sweetie with a nice balance of acidity it seems to have withstood the wrath of plastic better than some of his table wines. There were signs of bricking (colour) around the outside edges of wine but there was still plenty of black cherry, plum and spice on the nose. The acidity level has dropped significantly making it a tad cloying and more along the lines of sacramental wine but with an intriguing zinfandel-like character on the mid-palate and a very pleasant finish that seems to linger on forever. All-in-all I would have to say it has stood up nicely and still retains the title of the best use of Marechal Foch I have tasted - though I 'd better start drinking these up or passing them around for Christmas presents, they don't have much longer to go.
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