2008 Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Pinot Noir VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA

2008 Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Village Reserve VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA

2008 Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Pinot Noir VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA

The 2008 Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Pinot Noir VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA was that second wine I opened during Thanksgiving weekend. This was the wine we had with our turkey dinner, a wine that matched perfectly with the brined and roasted turkey and all the accroutrements.

Thanksgiving Dinner 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner 2014

With a brickish ruby colour, the nose opened with sour cherry, mushroom, a hint of bingo dabber, slightly damp forest floor and under-ripe plum. The fully softened tannins contributed to flavours of chalky cranberries, a hint of soy sauce, and red fruits -sour cherry, raspberry, red plum. While the 2002 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Cabernet-Merlot VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA was quite masculine, this was more feminine in nature and needed time to open. I would say this Pinot is at its prime and drinking beautifully now.

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2002 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Cabernet-Merlot VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA

2002 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Cabernet-Merlot VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA

2002 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Cabernet-Merlot VQA Niagara Peninsula

Family get-togethers such as Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas are great reasons to open up those special bottles of wine from the cellar. For both the selections I took down to my parent’s place I chose wines that I had more than one bottle of to see how they were evolving. The first bottle opened on the weekend was the 2002 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Cabernet-Merlot VQA Niagara Peninsula VQA that I picked up on a trip to the Niagara Region in 2007. The Speck Family Reserve is the highest tier of wines produced by Henry of Pelham, wines made for cellaring and longer-term enjoyment.

Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (33%), Cabernet Franc (19%) and Merlot (48%), the fruit was cropped at approximately 2 tonnes per acre from some of the oldest blocks held by the Speck Family. With a saturated inky purple colour, I was surprised that there wasn’t even a hint of brick on the rim after over 10 years of bottle age. The nose matched the deep, dark colour with copious dark fruit – blackberry, black cherry, black raspberry – along with printer’s ink, wet chalkboard, nasturtiums and a hint of black pepper and a high floral note. My beautiful wife detected black cherry, black plums and cinnamon. The dark fruit was replayed on the palate, dusty dry tannins with grip and bite (in a good way) and a spicy fruitiness. My beautiful wife thought it tasted like leather and plums.

This wine still had a brooding strength, a powerful, manly wine that is still in-your-face in its style. Simply awesome, I am so happy I bought two bottles 7 years ago and have had the patience to not open them. It will be a lot tougher now that I know what a treasure lies beneath that other cork.

Hoity Toity Cellars Jeeves Just Dessert

Hoity Toity Cellars Jeeves just dessert

Hoity Toity Cellars Jeeves just dessert

Another Wednesday night, another #ONWineChat on Twitter. With this week’s topic being your favourite Ontario wine story from the summer, it got me to thinking that I really d0n’t have a wine story from this summer. The closest story I have is from a recent trip to pick up a whole hog from Harriston Packers for a pig roast I was doing and a visit to Hoity Toity Cellars (formerly Carrick Wines and Ciders) in Mildmay. I picked up a few bottles after tasting their wine portfolio, with one of them being a red dessert wine made from the Frontenac grape called Jeeves just dessert.

With a bright ruby red colour, the nose opens with a hint of candy apple and some aged sherry notes. The mouthfeel has a slight carbonic tinge with upfront sweetness and a refreshing dryness on the finish. Somewhat of a paradox of sweetness (not cloying) and dryness (but with no tannins) together, refreshing acidity. Not a typical dessert wine at all, but none of the Hoity Toity wines are typical. At $4.50 for a 500 mL bottle for a limited time, the value is amazing!