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From the Cellar

Just because I started a website called OntarioWineReview.com doesn't mean it's All-Ontario-All-the-Time. When I kick back at night my mood (and sometimes my curiosity) decides my wine of choice. And the title should read, "Uncorked and Un-Screwed Tonight" ... but that just sounds wrong.

Etim 2006 Seleccion (Spain)

15 May 2020

Etim

(March 29, 2020) ... From the region of Montsant, Spain - this Grenache, Carignan, Syrah blend is aged for 6 months in oak (all taken from the back label of course) ... So 14 years from vintage date and there is an expected forest floor note with smokey and peppery bits ... as it opened earthy, cassis, dried cherry and freeze-dried raspberry also develop in the glass ... as it opened further there seems to be a touch of VA that drifts in and out, then becomes more prominent ... as the wine winds down (ie: begins to die in the glass) it gives off one last gasp of coffee on the finish ... it did last an hour an a half or so, no real complaints here.

 

Roux Pere & Fils 2011 Mercurey "La Perriere" (Burgundy)

14 May 2020

Roux Pere & Fils

 

(March 28, 2020) ... I decided to put a little chill on this wine before opening it and I was rewarded mightily - it came out of the glass with lots of typical Pinot character:  earthy, strawberry, sour cherry and white pepper; the acidity helped focus it and even helped to keep it feeling fresh and light on the tongue. An interesting floral note also dipped in and out with each sniff and each sip - quite a pleasant experience. As the wine warmed in the glass it developed a nice tannin punch on the finish, while also showcasing strawberries, red currants and smoked-pepper.  I love Mercurey Pinot and this one did not disappoint.

 

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