July 6, 2012
Ridgepoint 2005 Cabernet Merlot
(Re-Tasted July 2012) ... Today I sat down with a friend and tasted through a number of older Ontario vintages ... you can pop over to the Lost and Found Blog to see what we tasted on July 6, 2012. As it turns out some I had tasted before and others I had not ... this wine falls in the tasted before camp, as you can see from the linked original review above. This was one of the better wines we opened that day - first it had a natural cork, which is always a good sign (so is a screwcap - plastic is the worst thing to see on an aged bottle). The first sniff of the wine was loaded with volatile acidity, but we figured this should blow off ... and it did. The structure of the wine was still very much intact on the palate: dried fruit reigned supreme along with white pepper, spice and some pretty heavy tannins - these dissipated quickly the longer it sat in the glass and within 15 minutes it had turned into a pleasant (enough) drink. I would say this bottle would hold another 2 years, maybe more, but not quite sure I would risk it. It's a decent drinker right now.