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.

Domaine Arnaud Aucoeur 2012 Morgon Vieilles Vignes (France)

21 May 2021

Arnaud Aucoeur

 

(November 14, 2020) ... I'm not going to lie here, this one starts off pretty stinky, so I am starting to think I am about to get a dud. Earthy, leathery, baked and stewed strawberries - not really very appealing to the nose. The palate shows some of the same stuff, but backs off on the stewed and baked and becomes more black cherry, pepper with a real tannin backbone that's still present. It opens very slowly, but that tannin backbone still shows some real aggressiveness. It was an enjoyable bottle of wine, but those tannins never really let go, and I always hope, or expect Gamay to soften a little nicer; not sure there's enough fruit here to carry it through for the next few years so this might be a drink now wine.

 

The Great Malbec-Off (Argentina) - Old Malbec Tasting

07 May 2021

(November 8, 2020) ... A beautiful November day and my neighbour informs me he's trying to understand Malbec a little better - and so without further ado I ran down to the cellar and grabbed 3 bottles (we were joined by his Lab for the tasting) - and at the bottom of the post you will meet Sophie - but first time to taste some old Malbec:

Humberto CanaleHumberto Canale 2002 Malbec ... Here I'm looking at an almost 20-year-old bottle of Malbec from Argentina. Lots of smoky-coffee bean, licorice and forest floor with even some burnt wood notes. I am picking up a little hint of coffee as well ... But almost immediately after opening (say 10-15 minutes) it goes very lean and thin almost watery to the point of being unappealing. From a great start it diminishes, into a woodsy cedary finish that never gets better. This bottle was pretty much a dud.

Don NicanorNieto Senetiner 2008 Don Nicanor Malbec ... I will admit I had high hopes for this Don Nicanor, and it delivered. Blue and black fruit with smoky and tobacco notes, plus mocha-black cherry and cedar with hints of coffee bean on the finish. There was a big hit of cedar that interplays on the palate as it opens and the 14.5% alcohol shows its heat. The good news is it never really falls apart, it stays intact, and by the last glass it is smooth as silk and quite enjoyable.

CatalpaAtamisque 2013 Catalpa Old Vines Malbec ... This wine is a mere baby at 7 years of age (when compared with the other two) so it should be the best one on the table. Lots of dark berries cedar mocha white pepper and bittersweet cocoa ... As it opens it moves into a milk chocolate-dark chocolate / cocoa mix and while the fruit is dark it does have quite a bit of tannin punch behind it. Has it peaked? Only time would tell - but now's a good time to open this one up as it is drinking quite well right now.

 

 

 

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