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.

Cruz Alta 2014 Bonarda Reserva (Argentina)

27 Sep 2018

Cruz Alta

(March 5, 2017) ... I love a good Bonarda, reminds me a lot of Gamay in it's fruitiness and simplicity, and when made well and with care it can be so wonderfully tasty.  This version saw 8  months in both French and American oak and thus has developed great fruit sweetness and richness: spiced blueberry, black pepper, black cherry and cassis all make an appearance - yum.

 

Artesa 2005 Tempranillo Reserve (California)

27 Sep 2018

Artesa Tempranillo

 

(March 3, 2017) ... A Tempranillo from California was just too weird to pass up when I bought it, and now, so many years later, I opened the bottle. I know that had this been Spanish in origin I would have no worries, but I did open this bottle with some trepidation: dried blackberry, vanilla and licorice with dried plum (some would call it prune) and cassis - not what I expected, but certainly better.

 

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