Last summer, I made my first ever batch of rhubarb wine. Being only a 1 gallon batch, and expecting it to improve with age, I have tried to be patient before opening any bottles. Now that it is more than one year old, I think it time to share some tasting notes so that those of you who may be interested in following my recipe will know what to expect.
I started the wine on May 13 2015, bottled it on June 9 2015, and first tried a small bottle on August 28 2015. It was already noticeably better than on bottling day. I subsequently tried it again on November 22, when I shared a larger bottle at a friend’s birthday party, and on March 20; both times with noted improvement.
In the meantime I have also tried the strawberry-rhubarb wine that I made in July of 2015, and it has also been improving with age. It should be noted that at each step of the way, neither wine tasted bad, they just had an alcoholic tinge to them that has steadily mellowed with age. Now they are becoming more enjoyable to sip and contemplate.
The tasting notes below are derived from my most recent sampling on June 30 with Ian and Stephen. That evening we gathered together in my room to sup on tasty concoctions and spin all manner of ear tickling vinyl. One of the highlights was undoubtedly the pairing of the rhubarb wine with the album Venus and Mars by Wings.
Homemade Rhubarb Wine
Appearance: cloudy pink.
Nose: rhubarb, yeast, angel food cake.
Palate: full bodied red fruits (strawberries, rhubarb), hint of sodium.
Finish: tangy, crab apples, white wine.
Rating: 3/5 Good
I will also try and write out some tasting notes for the strawberry rhubarb wine sometime soon.
Red lights, green lights, strawberry wine,
A good friend of mine, follows the stars,
Venus and Mars
Are alright tonight.