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2005 Antelope Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

October 2, 2010 Leave a comment

2005 Antelope Ridge Cabernet SauvignonI purchased this wine at the winery last year.  While not one of my favourites, they do have some great wines.

This one was a deep and dark red and had aromas of plums, apples, and oak.  The taste was more of the same.  No pucker, but still quite dry.

Overall, good but not great.  Smooth, but not too exciting.  Alcohol was quite strong, perhaps I didn’t let it breath enough.

My disclaimer is also that I did not drink it with a heavy meal.  Possibly didn’t have my pallette prepared enough for a heavier cabernet-sauvignon type wine.

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2005 Hester Creek Reserve Cabernet Franc

August 15, 2010 1 comment

2005 Hester Creek Reserve Cab FrancI just realized how long it’s been since I last wrote here.  I’ve been on a bit of a cycle of drinking regular wines instead of trying new ones.  And my wife is pregnant so we are soon expecting our first.  That puts a different dynamic on what gets served with dinner.

Needless to say, I cracked this bottle last night (click HERE for the winery website).  And I was definitely looking forward to it.  I decided it was time to dig something out of the cellar and go for it.

I bought this bottle a couple of years ago at the winery on one of our day trips through the Oliver-Osoyoos wineries.  Their winery is one of my wife’s favourite wineries (she loves their pinot gris and semillon chardonay) both for their excellent white wines and their tasting facilities.  It is always one of our first stops.

And their reserve reds are some of my favourites.  I always have high expectations with their reserve wines and this one was no exception.  Bold and powerful is what I was looking for.

The wine was deep maroon.  Thick, deep, and dark.  A little bit of browning, probably due to my inadequate storage methods.  Smells of plums, raspberry, oak, vanilla.  Taste had some spice, peppery.  And plums and berries.

Overall, an outstanding wine.  Nailed the bold and powerful.  I liked the spice especially.  Good oak flavour to it as well.  Fantastic!  Sad to say I only had one bottle left.  I’ll definitely pick up another one of these.