Rather than the two nights a week of hockey that we usually have, my husband was asked to sub in one of the other local leagues as one of their teams had a goalie with a strained something. The result was that I was a spectator in various chilly rinks four nights in a row. Additionally, it also meant fun trips to our local bar filled with pitchers of Labatt Blue and yummy pub food. Nevertheless, by the third night, we decided to mix things up a bit and head over to visit my highly acclaimed bartending cousin. As we breezed in, he popped open a bottle of Kaesler Stonehorse G.S.M. 2006. This red Rhone style bottle is a blend of 3 different grapes from estate plantings ranging in age from 20-45 years. The winery suggests that the wine will age for about 5 years out, and that “freshness in style is what we intended.” I’m delighted to pour a glass right when the winery has recommended that I do so, however, Wine Spectator has stated that it’s definitely drinking thru 2016.
Brick garnet in colour, damp leaves and earthy aromas like an autumn forest diffused with juicy raisins curled around in the glass. Tart black cherry and rich plum flavours were peppered with black tea tannins in the medium to full body. Refreshing piquant elements continued with the medium finish of bitter dark chocolate notes and wisps of smoky cedar. Well-structured flavours of fruit and pleasantly brisk tannins, this Rhone style blend makes for an invigorating glass.
45% Grenache, 44% Shiraz, 11% Mourvѐdre
Produced and Bottled by Kaesler Wines
$20 [average price]
Enjoy now through 2016