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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.

Brigaldara 2001 Valpolicella Classico (Italy)

16 Oct 2019

Brigaldara 2001 Valpolicella Classico

 

(August 12, 2019) ... Wow, I did not expect this ... that opening sounds like the first line of every "Penthouse Forum" letter ever written (or so I am told) and here is where I move away from that typical script ... but what a lovely bit of wine making this was (or is). When I pulled out this 18 year old Valpolicella Classico I truly had little to no hope, but thought it would be an interesting experience and an experiment, but wow, this one is still very drinkable and enjoyable at that:  leathery and dried dark fruit have taken over (as to be expected really), there's also some oaky notes and the fruit continues on that dry route, seemingly getting drier the longer it is open. A slight pruning does develop the further into the wine we get and the longer it is open and a touch of sherry does begin you show through within about 30-40 minutes but it seems to be backed by good spice and acidity, that makes the mouth pucker and I still say "wow". After an hour the whole thing smooths out and the rough edges seem to relax, but there remains that surprising zippy spice and constantly cleansing acidity to bring everything into focus.

 

Hartley Ostini 2009 Hometown Pinot Noir (California)

27 Aug 2019

HItching Post 2009 PN

 

(August 7, 2019) ... A ten year old Pinot from California that grew in fame because of the movie Sideways, where the Hitching Post was the restaurant of choice and Pinot Noir was front and center - believe it or not that movie is now 15 years old, and while the movie has aged well ( I still throw it into the blu-ray player every so often ) so has this wine (made from grapes harvested 5 years after the movie's release). Part of its longevity is due to the screwcap closure, which has allowed it to age slowly, it is still quite fruit forward but now a little licorice has appeared amongst the earthiness, there's also good spice and acidity to balance it all out.

 

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