The wines (without notes - sorry):
1995 Henry of Pelham Cab-Merlot. A blend of C. Suav., C. Franc and Merlot. Opened the magnum at 6:00 p.m for dinner at 8:00 p.m. Sip at opening made me think it was off - very twiggy and sharp with a underlying black current tang. As the hours passed it opened to be fruitier and fruitier with the twigginess developing into a more herbal compliment. Easily could have sat for a few years in the cellar but quite enjoyable once it got a breather for a few hours. Bought in July at the winery for $44.00 CAN. Worth it. Bold purple colour.
1995 Marynissen Merlot. 750 ml. Another Niagara red. Opened at 8:00 p.m. Tasted like an ingrediant of the Pelham at first but also opened with time. Medium bodied almost identical to the Pelham. Not as fruity but more complex than most merlots I have had - an intersting comparison. Also could have sat for a few years. No sure of price as bought at winery by guest. Also very similar in colour hue and intensity.
Finished with a half bottle of 1993 Chateau Septy, Monbazillac. Light amber coloured, lighter than other stickies I have had such as Niagara Late Harvest Vidals or Tokay. Cream custard, slightly smoked honey. Enough acid to cut the rich roast dinner. Lush aroma of honey with a hint of orange. Very nice at 9.95 CAN.
My last note until the big move. Will be in touch when there.
Alan McLeod, Pembroke, Ontario.