Found March 2012
I currently have two bottles of this wine in my cellar (well, one less now) and obviously I have tried it in the past, or it would`t be there, but it seems I have never written a single word about it ... and that surprises me - I guess the review got lost in the wash, or my dog ate it, or I left it in my other pants, or whatever other excuse I can give you as to why I have no record of trying this wine in the past (and writing about it). But tonight I found a bottle in a box of aging wines and decided it was time to give it a try. A few things scared me about trying this wine: 1) the silly label - critter labels are usually gimmicky and this one even more so. 2) the vintage date - 2006 was not the greatest of vintages in Ontario, in fact it might be one of our roughest, and a 6 year old wine from that vintage might be a little dodgy. 3) the grape variety - Zweigelt, barrel aged (as this was is) or not is an Austrian cross of Lemberger and St. Laurent that is Austria`s most famous red, but grown sparsely here in Ontario; and most versions I have tried have been meant to consume young ... so what was I thinking aging this wine??? Well it`s a good thing I did because this was one delicious wine. The nose was of smoked-cranberry, white pepper and spiced-black cherry which continued to offer pure aromatic pleasure through its entire time in the glass. The flavours yielded even more enjoyment: at first there were strawberry-cranberry notes with hints of vanilla and caramel. But given some time it changed into something even better, there was more to find: sweet dried fruit notes, like craisins (cranberry-raisins), vanilla smoke and then later the whole glass succumbed to black cherry. A nice smoothness through the mouth led to a wonderful tasty smoky-black cherry finish with a sort of toasty-ash linger. This one was a real find. Lost & Found Rating: True Treasure
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