September 24, 2013
Tawse 2004 Dry Riesling
(Re-Tasted September 2013) ... I really want to give this bottle the benefit of the doubt - but I can't. I want to say that maybe it was something I did - but I can't believe that to be true. We opened this bottle while on an overnight trip to Stratford, I thought it would be interesting to taste this 2004 Dry versus the newer 2012 Quarry Road Riesling, so I brought a bottle of each. I chilled them both the same length of time in our room fridge, and even waited till after dinner to give them an extra hour of chill time. Excited I opened the 2004 first, the cork broke in half, but I can live with that - but what was in the bottle I could not live with. It was absolutely beyond words how bad this was, and my wife, a Riesling devotee, had nothing positive to say about this wine: she could barely choke down the first sip and a second sip she spit back into the glass - if you know my wife she does not spit wine ... ever. The nose was off-putting and the flavours were not much better, in fact they were non-existent. Alas I thought this wine would last a good 10 years but instead it was probably dead long ago ... if I said it was too dry and had no sweetness to balance it for the long haul does that make sense? If somebody had a recent encounter with this bottle that was better than mine please do let me know. By the way, the 2012 Quarry Road Riesling was stunning (as usual).