I needed a wine to take with me for an over-night trip to a friend’s cottage and after a quick look through the cellar (as the beautiful wife and gorgeous daughters were waiting in the car) I chose a screw-cap wine that had been in the cellar for at least 8 years, a 2004 Bonny Doon Vineyard “Ancient Vines” Carignane Grape. I originally had a 2009 sticker on the top and thought that 10 years was the right age to open this bottle. A note on the sticker – the system I use for my wine collection is a small white sticker on the top of the bottle with a “don’t drink before” date as I prefer to have some bottle age on the wines I drink. This system also helps my beautiful wife to know which wines are ready to drink and which ones to leave. Some of my Bordeaux wines have dates 15-20 years in the future, some have a simple NOW.
With a nose of pencil shavings, black cherry, over-ripe plum and a hint of plastic (maybe fishing lures?), this is a wine I am glad I set down for the long haul. My beautiful wife thought she smelled currents and plums. The mouthfeel had an amazingly smooth tannin grip, truly remarkable for a 10 year old wine. Flavours of black black cherry, blackberry, calligraphy ink and dry jam. The long finish begged for another sip, a great wine that was perfect with the barbequed bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin and pork tenderloin.