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.

Catena 2013 San Carlos Appellation Cabernet Franc (Argentina)

29 Dec 2016

(May 10, 2016) ... After making sure the Chardonnay wasn't corked I moved on to my chosen red of the evening. When I think Cabernet Franc, I think Ontario, Canada, where they make some great single varietal versions - but the Catena 2013 San Carlos Appellation Cabernet Franc shows that other countries are realizing what we Ontarians have known for year, Franc can be Fantastic all on its own. This one had all the markers: tobacco, black cherry, cassis, spiced raspberry, and smoky with touches of earthy, cigar box, and a leathery backing, plus there's nice dark (85%) cocoa ... Great complexity and nicely layered. Franc really got the respect it deserves from Catena.

To read about the Ontario wines opened tonight click here.

 

Passo del Sud 2015 Appassimento

15 Dec 2016

 

(December 15, 2016) ... I'll have to say this is one of the best wines an agent has dropped off at my door in a long time, especially if you're a person who likes BBQ or are carnivorous in any way. This blend of Primitivo, Nero de Troia and Negroamaro made in an Appassimento style in the south of Italy (Puglia) really hits the mark for a BBQ-friendly red blend. Enters the mouth sweet and smoky, the mid-palate is rich with black cherry and chocolate; and all finishes with slightly chalky, but still supple tannins, that help to add some depth … very sippable. I'm hoping this comes to the LCBO (in Ontario, Canada) for summer consumption.

 

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