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.

South American Cabs of 2004 (Argentina / Chile)

06 Nov 2018


Chakana Cabs of 2004(April 29, 2017) ... The urge to open a couple of 2004 South American Cabs tonight struck me as a good idea to see how the would fare against one another:

Chakana 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon - Argentina ... Tricky little black plastic cork - oxidized - prune-y - funky finish - wow this wine sucked so bad.

La Playa 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Block Selection - Chile ... The Chileans got it right by putting a natural cork in the bottle, when first open the wine was all dried fruit and acidity, that acidity settles with time and some cedary notes begin to play with the dried fruit ... It's ok but not exciting.


Vina Albali 1998 Gran Reserva (Spain)

06 Nov 2018

Vina Albali


(April 2, 2017) ... This wine is tertiary all the way with woodsy, herbal, and spice notes ... For an almost 20 year old bottle this is still alive with acidity and the tertiary characteristics are interesting to pick out, but the fruit is long gone.


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