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.

Concha y Toro 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Marques de Casa Concha (Chile)

21 Jul 2017

Concha y Toro 2008 Cab(November 26, 2016) ... I was once at a tasting of the Marques Cabernets from Concha y Toro and I was blown away by their age-ability, so I have little fear in putting them to the test. This 8 year old version did not disappoint: aromas of blackberry, cassis and pepper, that were slightly woody in nature, led to a palate of cocoa, blackberry, cassis, some smoky notes and a peppery spicy finish with some lovely hints of licorice ... I really thought that wood note from the nose would play a part on the palate but I was happily proven wrong. Has at least a year or two left at this level of enjoyment.

 

Trivento 2007 Golden Reserve Malbec (Argentina)

15 Jul 2017

Trivento 2007 Golden Reserve Malbec(July 28, 2016) ... With so much Malbec on the market these days it's hard to tell the good ones from the mediocre ones by just looking at the bottles - back when I bought this wine Malbec wasn't quite enjoying the bonanza it is, so maybe that's what made this wine so interesting in its golden years - yes, this Golden Reserve is in its golden years, and hurrying down the hill at a speedy rate at that.

Tertiary aromas lead the charge with smoky, cassis, dried blueberry, and cedar. Palate shows a little more pep than does the nose, still with the smokiness, but also with cinnamon, dried raspberry, spiced-plum, and cedary/oaky tones ... But it's the finish that lets this wine down with its peppery-oaky finish with herbal characteristics that are mainly unpleasant. On the whole the alcohol comes across a little hot, especially in the mouth, and that's hard to get around - there's a disjointedness here and it's a tough one to really recommend, this Golden Reserve is a real golden dud.

 

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