Each year I struggle to come up with original descriptors for our wines. Each varietal is crafted to best express our terroir, therefore they tend to fit a similar style from vintage to vintage. Tasting notes can sometimes sound like a broken record, so I usually try to make them more story-based.
This year I’ve tried to come up with a phrase or two that might best represent my feelings towards each wine. Keep in mind that I am usually testing the wines when these ideas spring my mind. Here are a few samples from my notebook:
2012 Pinot Noir: Enjoying the many complex layers exhibited by this wine magically erases the emotional scars of growing Pinot Noir. Maybe it’s the resveratrol.
2014 Pinot Gris: Drinking this wine can lead to moments of spontaneous joy and irrational behaviour, like agreeing to adopt a third cat. Drink with caution.
2014 Riesling: This wine is my wife’s favourite, but sadly alcohol makes her sick. Although not sick enough to stop wanting more cats.
2012 Syrah: This wine reminds me why we take the risk to grow Syrah in Ontario. Two rough winters in a row have shaken my conviction at times.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine makes me envious of people who grow grapes in California. Not because it’s easier to ripen Cab Sauv there and every year is like 2012, but because they get to live in California!
2014 Sauvignon Blanc: This wine helps cure writer’s block*
For slightly more serious tasting notes click here