Wednesday, April 20, 2011
DogRidge 2005 Duck Chase Petit Verdot (Australia)
This is another one of those wines I cellared for a few years (purchased July 2007) ... it was a screwcap wine but I still held it upside down in a box. Interesting thing about screwcap wines that sit on their cap for a length of time is they seem to develop a sediment in the cap similar to opening a paint can lid ... this one developed that kind of silt. The result of this sludge-like formation is that it makes the first pour and swig very chewy, and the wine lacks a certain clarity, instead it has a very cloudy look to it, even after let it stand upright for most of the day. But these are easily forgivable things when a wine is tasty - and this one really was. The nose was a spiced-chocolate with cinnamon, cassis and black raspberry. The palate was just as intriguing and changed with time in glass, starting out with cassis, blackberry and white pepper; an hour later an interesting herbal quality developed along with a hint of blueberry. Tasty and terrific wine ... so tasty and terrific in fact that I can't remember what I had for dinner.