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.

Boekenhoutskloof 2004 The Wolftrap (South Africa)

16 Dec 2017

Wolftrap 2004(September 24, 2016) ... Is old South Africa better than new South Africa, it's time to find out ... The Wolftrap is a staple at the LCBO these days, back when this came out it was a Vintages wine that appeared once a year (maybe twice if you were lucky).  I find it a hit and miss wine, quality-wise, but this '04 was good value and quality ... Today it's smoky, leathery, earthy, and a touch tarry on the nose - very similar to new South African reds; the palate is a little more enticing with dried fig, cassis, and coffee while still doling out everything from the nose on to the palate.

Vinea 2007 - Pinot 2009 (Italy / Chile)

15 Dec 2017

Vinea Corvina(September 21, 2016) ... Back when I bought this wine to find a straight Corvina wasn't as prevalent as it seems now (there are definitely a few more being made) - tonight I pulled a bottle of Cantine Riondo 2007 Corvina Vinea, and it makes you wonder why it wasn't being made earlier, but it makes you realize why it is now: plum, black cherry, blackberry, mocha, and lovely spice ... Very lush and supple.

Leyda Pinot NoirIn theory this wine should have come first, but I was just having a little fun with my guests and someone mentioned a non-traditional Pinot would be something interesting to taste ... how about something from Chile then?  Leyda 2009 Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard - Las Brisas Vineyard: silky, earthy, black cherry, supple cranberry, and lovely acidity with a long finish touched by spice which mingles with the acidity to make this an awesome wine at any age.


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