January 29, 2013

Tawse 2004 Chardonnay (Beamsville Bench)

Found January 2013

Here's a wine I was glad to have lost in my cellar, but the truth is I didn't really lose it I was waiting on it ... but finally, last night the waiting gave in to "gotta try it".  I was suppose to be joining some fellow writers for dinner, but alas the weather did me no favours and I had to beg off - so I decided to open one of the bottles I had planned to open with them, and it just so happened to be this bottle of 2004 Chardonnay from Tawse.  This is kind of a historical bottle, as it is one of the first Chardonnay's that was made chez Tawse, and if you are lucky enough to have one kicking around your cellar I would tell you that it might be the time to drink it.  The nose started off very oaky and buttery, then turned a little funky with tomato stalk and asparagus notes - there was also the hint of tinned creamed corn.  The palate followed up on some of what was on the nose, like the creamed corn, adding vanilla, butter, oak, hints of the stalky-vegginess (on occasion) - but for the most part the wine was creamy on the palate and well worth drinking.  Lost & Found Rating: Treasure

January 5, 2013

Angels Gate 2005 Old Vines Chardonnay

(Re-Tasted January 2013) ... I definitely don't want to get off on my usual tangent about not being a big Chardonnay fan here, so I promise I won't, instead I'm here to tell you what a 7 year old bottle of old vines Chardonnay tasted like (or at least this bottle of 7-year-old Chardonnay tastes like) ... The nose was a powerful mix of butterscotch and vanilla - fruit did not seem to play a part in the olfactories, dried or otherwise.  On the palate there was a hint of some fruit, namely lime pith, but once again vanilla, butterscotch-toffee were prevalent in the mouth - the real surprise here was that there was still a healthy dose of acidity.  This wine has aged quite well for those who like barrel notes rather than fruit in their older Chardonnay ... if you are looking for fruit, focus your attention to wines that are younger.

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