I have a new red blend to share with you today plus a quality Riesling from TIME Family of Wines. Their Evolve Cellars Momento 2018 is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. Their Riesling goes under the Chronos label as Chronos Riesling 2020. Both wines have labels with overlapping circles which I quite like. They are clean and crisp and easy to identify. I think these two wines would pair very nicely with the holiday season upcoming.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Evolve Cellars Momento 2018 (BC $23.99)
From the winery website, “This wine is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, and 10% Syrah; aged separately in American and French oak for 14 months before being blended.” They use the term Momento to celebrate the moments when we share good times together with friends.
Appearance: A dull deep garnet colour.
Nose: Medium intensity with a mix of meaty, cassis, black and candied black cherries, with touches of sweet spices, oak and cedar aromas. With decanting I did not detect any meatiness or candied cherries, but I did pick up chocolate to add to the other aromas.
Palate: This wine is dry and round with a thicker mouthfeel. Lower acidity. Medium intensity tannic backbone. Black cherries, dark chocolate, black fruit, plums, vanilla and touches of black pepper and oak on the palate. The tannins do get a bit softer with air. The tannins seem a bit firmer with decanting, plus I picked up a hint of capsicum. No black pepper. The other flavours remained.
Finish: Bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg and cloves, dark fruit, and candied black cherries on the finish, and then cedar at the very end. Lightly drying tannins.
A brooder darker fruit red blend. Give this wine some decanting time.
Rating: Deeper dull garnet colour. A medium intensity nose with cassis, black cherries and candied cherries, sweet spices and oak aromas. Dry, round and soft, with a thicker mouthfeel. Medium intensity tannins and low acidity. Black cherries, dark chocolate, back fruit and plums plus a touch of oak and vanilla. Cedar on the very end.
Chronos Riesling 2020 (BC $27.99)
From the winery website, “Hand-sorted and whole bunch pressed. Bunches came in really small and tight. Fermented in two different tanks at different temperatures with different yeast strains for complexity. One was let go dry and the other was stopped with residual then blended for balance of sugar and acid.”
Appearance: A bright clear straw colour, medium-minus intensity.
Nose: Medium intensity aromas that get stronger with air. Lychee, pears, and touches of spearmint and lime. The lime component becomes more prominent with swirling. The lychee really becomes stronger after a decant, plus you get the other aforementioned aromas.
Palate: The wine is off-dry, round and leaves a prominent prickle on your tongue. Pronounced zippy flavours of lime and peach, along with some citrus and minerality. As the wine is exposed to air you also get lychee flavour. The wine has the same flavours with decanting, but maybe the body is a little lighter.
Finish: Medium length finishing with tart stone fruit and lingering lychee flavours. The acidic prickle lasts to the finish.
This wine paired nicely with Harvarti cheese. With this acidity level this wine should age well and be quite interesting.
Rating: Light straw colour, with a medium intensity nose showing lime and pears with a touch of spearmint and lychee. The lychee aroma bumps up with air. Medium body, off-dry and round with zippy flavours of lime, peach and lyhee.
Where Can I Buy These Wines?
You can buy both of these wines from the TIME Family of Wines website:
Thank you to TIME Family of Wines for providing me these wines to review.