Sunday, December 4, 2011
Mission Hill 2005 Reserve Shiraz (British Columbia)
I don't know why, but the idea of having something from BC just stuck in my head and I couldn't shake it. I must have been looking through a magazine or something, and Mission Hill just kept coming up - even though I have other BC wines to chose from. One that's really got me Jonesing to finally open it is a 2005 Twisted Tree Merlot - but I guess I am saving that for another day. Tonight it was a beef pot roast and Shiraz that had my attention on the wine and food front. The wine proved to be quite good over the short term with a nose of black currant, cedary and cinnamon notes along with some spice and pepper (hard to tell them apart at this point in the evolution of the wine). On the palate the cinnamon came through along with blackberry, cassis, white pepper and cedary notes ... and as the night wore on the cedary notes became more prevalent to the point of being more like dry pencil shavings ... but then there was also some pleasant smoked meat spices that complimented those woody flavours, when I took the last sip of the night the wood was over-shadowing even the spices. Held up nicely but not sure it has too much longer to be called "fresh".
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