2008 Thirty Bench Wine Makers Small Lot Merlot VQA Beamsville Bench VQA

2008 Thirty Bench Winery Small Lot Merlot VQA Beamsville Bench VQA

2008 Thirty Bench Wine Makers Small Lot Merlot VQA Beamsville Bench VQA

My beautiful wife wanted a glass of red wine to go with a steak supper so I told her to pick whatever she felt like from the cellar. Up she comes with the 2008 Thirty Bench Wine Makers Small Lot Merlot VQA Beamsville Bench VQA and I say to her, “Fancy-schmancy, nice choice! That should be drinking beautifully now!” Indeed I was right!

The colour was deep crimson with a slight garnet rim. The nose opened with spicy red fruit – raspberry, plum – progressed to show cassis and some leather with time. Mouthfeel was cool, clean and delicious with perfect balance of fruit and acidity. Flavours of raspberry, bing cherry, purple plum and a hint of leather. Elegance and character, each sip made me want to take another. Drinking very well now but still some life left for short-term aging. Exceptional.

Thirty Bench 2007 Small Lot Riesling Icewine VQA Beamsville Bench

Thirty Bench Small Lot Riesling Icewine VQA Beamsville Bench 2007

Thirty Bench Small Lot Riesling Icewine VQA Beamsville Bench 2007

I recently had the luxury of going to Acapulco Mexico with my beautiful wife’s family for a wedding and brought this bottle of Ontario, Canada VQA Icewine with me. I know that Mexico has many pleasures to indulge in but I wanted a piece of home to enjoy on a quiet night with the woman I love.

We opened this fine bottle I have had in the cellar for a number of years on a quiet night once the girls had fallen asleep, tired from a long day of sun, heat and swimming. Our room’s ice bucket worked as a perfect chiller and a quick trip to the lobby bar with bottle in-hand worked to free this glorious juice as I neglected to bring a corkscrew. I poured a sample for Martin the bartender in thanks for opening and the look on his face was wonderful, a picture of total surprise as he had never tried an Icewine before. I asked if he liked it, although I knew instantly he did.

A quick trip back up the elevator and out to our 13th floor balcony overlooking the Acapulco Bay. After first sniff the beautiful wife instantly said tangerines and I agreed, along with some other candied tropical fruits (pineapple, maybe a little mango), replayed on the palate with a seamless vein of acidity that cut through the gentle sweetness, a finish that begged for another sip. The only thing I could think of to describe the colour would be an Acapulco sunset. Fine company, fine wine and a transcendent view of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Truly a memorable experience.