June 9, 2013
Calamus Estate 2007 Riesling
(Re-Tasted June 2013) ... Suddenly the day became all about Riesling. We started with a bottle of Rockway 2006 Riesling and it just ballooned from there. Next thing you knew we had opened 4 different Rieslings (3 from Ontario, 2 older vintages and one 2012). This Calamus Riesling came at the beginning of the Riesling-glut. It's from the 2007 vintage, a hot vintage here in Ontario, and one where I find Rieslings did not fair very well over the long haul. Surprisingly, this aged one was not as bad as others I have tried from that vintage. The nose started out with lanolin and beeswax notes, and those continued through the entire tasting, there were also some subtle petrol notes ... then came some fruit in the form of Fuji apple, lemonade and lime zest. The palate dropped the lanolin for extra beeswax while adding apple skin, peach pit and pear puree mid-palate. The acidity was fairly decent for both its age and vintage leading to a long finish of key lime ... this wine has held up pretty decently all considering, though if I were you, I don't think I'd hold it much longer if you're still holding any at all.