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From the Cellar

Just because I started a website called 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.

Tabali 2014 Vetas Blanca's Reserva Especial - Cabernet Franc (Chile)

19 Jun 2019


Tabali Cab Franc(April 7, 2019) ... If memory serves the reason I got this wine in the first place is because seeing a single variety Cabernet Franc outside of the Loire (or Ontario) is a rarity and curiosity got the better of me ... and now it's to find out how it has aged ... the answer: quite well.  

The aromas are quite alluring right off the hop: mint, black cherry, vanilla, even some white pepper, mocha and cassis join the fray ... the palate was also quite interesting if not less giving with its notes of mocha, black cherry, tobacco and spice - it had a great mouthfeel that proved to be a little dusty on the finish, which increased the more it sat open.



Hamilton's Ewell 2003 Stonegarden GSM (Australia)

06 May 2019

Hamilton's Ewell 2003 GSM


(March 21, 2019) ... This wine came as quite the surprise ... when you open these old bottles you half expect them to be absolute rubbish and you often wonder why you have them sitting in the cellar in the first place; but this was a pleasant surprise. First off the acidity was amazing, yes there was plenty of dried fruit, mainly raspberry, with a dose of white pepper, and while the wine was not complex by any means at this point in its lifespan, it was very tasty - and truthfully sometimes that's all you want (and can hope for) in a wine this old.


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