2012 Chateau Timberlay Bordeaux

Jason, my husband, has challenged me to only buy wine under $20.  I’m not always so disciplined when it comes to wine but  we have lately been trying a few new wines.  Today’s choice, a Bordeaux, 2012 Chateau Timberlay.

2012 Chateau Timberlay Bordeaux
2012 Chateau Timberlay Bordeaux

See: From the label we can see that this wine has 13.5% alcohol (mid range). The wine is clear, medium deep ruby in colour and has legs.  This Bordeaux is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (without the normal Cabernet Franc).

Smell: On the nose, it has a clean scent of medium pronounced intensity including vanilla, cardamom and a nice earthiness maybe some mushroom.   Not getting much fruit from this bottle.  This wine is fully developed.

Taste: On the palate, the wine is dry with high tannin and acidity, and full body. Good balance and a long finish. Pronounced intensity of flavours of vanilla, sweet warm spice and earth with a hint of creaminess and oak in the finish.  I have to say that I kind of miss the Cab Franc in this wine.  We enjoyed it with a Canadian pizza, nice and crispy by using our pizza stone (more on that at Jill’s Table – look for Emile Henry pizza stone – it makes all the difference!)

This wine is good now and we should drink it now as there is not much fruit left.   This wine is available at the LCBO for a reasonable $16.45.

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