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Hester Creek The Judge 2007

Hester Creek The Judge 2007

BC, $45

One of the most esoteric functions of the wine writer/reviewer is the prognostication of when the wine should be drunk. The truth is, it’s hellishly hard to know. You generally try to gauge the tightness and denseness of the tannins and structure and guestimate when they might come around to softening. And if you’re wrong, hope that everyone has forgotten by the time the reader finally rolls around to opening the wine. To make things even more difficult, wines that used to be built to age —Bordeaux being a prime example—are often drinking wonderfully of out of the gate.

I tried this week’s wine—the Bordeaux-inspired flagship wine from Hester Creek—2 years ago and it was quite dense and had a few hard notes in it. I assumed it would work best after mellowing out for 5 years plus. But I tried it again last week over a casual dinner of burgers, and it is completely hitting its stride. It had lost none of its power—you still get waves of slightly sweet dark fruit—but it’s shed all off its faults. This is clearly a new world wine, but if you love that easily approachable flavor profile, then this wine is drinking beautifully.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we’re highlighting three delicious bottles of scotch and bourbon that we think dad would love.

The Macallan 1824 Series

The Macallan 1824

It seems that every second Scotch distillers is dreaming up new, exotic “finishes” (Red Bordeaux Barrels, Port Barrels, Sauternes Barrels) in a effort to zip up their line-up with reams of new bottles. Not The Macallan (they want you use the “The” but to order a
The Macallan, neat, seems daft). The quintessential gentleman’s malt has the reverse problem—they can’t make enough whisky to satisfy the market’s thirst for their sublime spirit. So the announcement that they were coming out with a new line of whisky, it was no small occasion. The 1824 Series features four expressions (Gold, Amber, Sienna, Ruby) ranging in price from $65–300. Canada is just one of 2 markets to receive all four so it’s sort of our patriotic duty to buy a bottle, no? It’s literally just hitting the shelves now, so it’s a rare chance to be classy and current. $65–$300.

Bushmills 16

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

Bushmills 16
Some drinkers like Scotch, some like Bourbon, and they’re generally two pretty distinct groups. Irish Whiskey on the other hand? Everyone loves it. It’s nutty and a tad sweet with a smooth, lingering finish. A really good deal given the age. $90.

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
For the longest time I thought of bourbon the same way I think about the Star Spangled Banner—it’s a middling song that’s been masterfully marketed. But in the last decade, the spirit has been elevated by distillers who are committing to raising bourbon’s flavuor profile and complexity. Take Four Roses Single Barrel—a lightyear’s leap ahead of the standard Four Roses (which is fine for mixed drinks). It’s spicy more than sweet, and smooth without being insipid, and it’s not a bad deal given out insane liquor duties. $57.

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