October 25, 2013
Stoney Ridge 2005 Cranberry Wine
(Re-Tasted October 2013) ... I won't belabor this review. I'm gonna get right to the point and not beat around the bush. I'm gonna come right out and say it and not make you wait for it. Okay, enough lolly-gagging around, let's get right to this ... this wine was actually much much much better than expected. When I pulled it out around the Thanksgiving table many were wondering what the heck I was thinking bringing such an old unimpressive looking bottle to the family dinner (the label looks like something I made at home). But once it was opened we all started singing a different tune, this wine had kept those lovely tart cranberry notes and had ditched the cranberry cocktail aspect it had when it was young. Then my intrepid sister-in-law suggested that it might be a good base for a holiday themed spritzer and out of what was originally seen as a daring wine to open turned out to be the hit of the evening ... I also got a picture of the stained bottle and even that was impressive - you can actually see a line running down the side of the bottle where the colouring and the bottom side of the bottle ended up being darker than the top side - I'll publish it here too.