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.
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.
Notes on Wine celebrates wine as beautiful addition to our lives. We use the WSET Level 3 Lexicon for wine evaluation.