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.

Cline 2001 Ancient Vines Mourvedre + Joel Gott (California)

23 Nov 2021


Cline Mourvedre


(January 17, 2021) ... Tonight it was a double dose of California:

Cline 2001 Ancient Vines Mourvedre ... Smells relatively terrible and tastes bitter, chalky, and pruney, there's acidity here but the big oak notes really get in the way ... There's also a Dutch cocoa note which proved to be the main source of the bitterness rather than enjoyable part of this wine - and based on all that I'm going to say this is a very disappointing wine from start to finish  and no matter how long I kept it open it just never got better.

So I moved on to something else, hoping for a better result:

Joel Gott 815Joel Gott 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 815 ... Much younger and still full of fruit and other pleasant notes: cocoa and spiced blackberry, with hints of cassis and even some mocha nuances - this is big on spiced-dark fruit and I liked it beginning to end.



Cline Cellars 2013 Big Break Grenache (California)

18 Nov 2021

Cline Big Break


(January 15, 2021) ... My friend Dave, from Michigan, who introduced me to this wine, and from which I subsequently bought the wine, told me it is time to put this into a glass and drink it; so here I am taking his advice with my very last bottle:  Big on raspberry, rich almost jammy, but with that kick of acidity on the finish which creates a long lasting impression. Hints of spice trickle in, joined by some licorice and blackberry along the way ... Yes, it's on the downside of its life, but it's still quite enjoyable - and it remains one of the best Cline wines I have ever had, and I have had some really good ones in my day.


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