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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.

Ravenswood 2004 Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel (California)

21 Apr 2019

Ravenswood 2004 Zin


(March 15, 2019) ... Zin is not something I particularly open up in the middle of winter, it's a BBQ wine for me - but we were getting ready for summer and decided on making some indoor ribs (read: oven ribs) tonight and so a bottle had to be opened.  This was truly an amazing bottle: peppery-vanilla with sweet-prune notes on the nose, which may not sound too exciting and I admit it worried me a bit, but it was the palate that blew the doors off this wine:  black cherry and spice with great acidity to back it up - I am totally down with this wine. Not at peak but just cresting the hill.


Concha y Toro 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Marques de Casa Concha (Chile)

14 Apr 2019


CyT 2009 Cab Sauv Marques(March 3, 2019) ... About a month ago I had a Concha y Toro that was a little past its prime from the exact same year as this Marques de Casa Concha, which is why I wanted to open this wine and see where it was in its evolution, and the one word that past my lips was "wow", this wine was so far from being past it was almost fresh - I even had a friend who was over for dinner take a sip, we looked at each other with surprise and awe and then she didn't relinquish the glass for the rest of the night ... what a total beauty this one is with chocolate, black licorice, black cherry, blackberry and hints of vanilla - it was still fresh and lively with good acidity and silky tannins backing it all up.


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