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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.

A Couple Look Backs (Canada / Australia)

02 Jan 2019

Lenko 2010 OV Chard


(September 29, 2017) ... A Friday night after our bottle of bubbles, and now we select something that interests us separately:

Lenko 2010 Chardonnay, American Oak (Ontario, Canada) ... This was a disappointment to my wife, who is a Chardonnay fan to the endth degree, I like to find the threshold of how old your average bottle of Ontario Chardonnay can be, and still be tasty and drinkable - so far 6-7 years seems to be the sweet spot ... this one was an utter disaster from start to sink: burnt butter / rancid butter combined with a little burnt popcorn, really hard to drink, and even harder to taste; it lacks any kind of fruit, maybe, if I'm being charitable there's a little overly-toasted creme brulee note, but that is being kind. She moved on to something more recent ... if you are interested, here is the original review of this wine.

Wakefield 2008 Cab SauvWakefield 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia) ... Myself I went for an Aussie cab that was under screwcap and truly in its prime: Violets and floral lead off the nose with a touch of dark plum, then on the palate in sweeps black cherry, cola, more plum, and even some chocolate - brilliant.


Columbia Crest 2007 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington)

28 Dec 2018

Columbia Crest 2007 Horse Heaven


(September 3, 2017) ... I'm a fan of this line of Columbia Crest wines from Horse Heaven Hills in Washington - they range from good to great and this year was a real revelation at the time I bought it, showing how far Washington Cab has come. Now 10 years from vintage date and it still has great notes to please both the olfactories and the buds: namely cassis, blackberry, and spiced blueberry; it's dry and still tannic on the palate but that fruit raises it up a notch and the finish goes for the throat with a pleasant combination of cinnamon and black cherry. Still a great bottle of wine.


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