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.

Double the Cab / Double the Fun (Chile / California)

16 Oct 2020


(June 20, 2020) ... Another CoVid-era dinner with my brother, and I know he loves those California Cabs, that's what he always seems to have on his wine rack (that and Henry of Pelham Baco - is he really my brother?); that all said I brought along a couple of Cabernets this week to our weekly dinner, snuck in one from Chile and another was the Cali he was looking for:

IntrigaMontgras 2008 Intriga Cabernet Sauvignon ... this wine really disappointed me: smoky, cedary, woody, black pepper, and spice from the get go, I just could not locate any fruit; it seemed almost nul and void from this bottle ... with some air fruit peeked out, but more like a shy 4 year old when mom and dad have guests over then any kind of vibrant "I'm here!" let's put on a show. I decided to wait and see. Spicy dark fruit comes out within half an hour but that cedary note still persists and just never lets go - and that was a real let down.

Ca'MomiCa'Momi 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ... This wine set my hair on fire when it was launched at our liquor monopoly, it was a Napa Valley Cab that was twenty-bucks, a totally unheard of thing. But now I'm looking at a $20 Napa Cab and wondering was it really worth it? The answer is a resounding YES. Fresh and clean with smooth black and red fruit: black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, rhubarb and subtle herbal notes, there's even a nice spice on the finish. Silky on the mid-palate, which gives way to a slight cedary/ woody note - but it is mainly in the background and does not interfere. This is one of those wines that I wonder why I did not buy more - yes I bought 3 at the time, but I now know I should have invested in more. Damn.



GusOnce again a family pet enjoyed the proceedings of a tasting and Gus enjoyed what he saw ... or he just enjoyed the attention and the company ... either way he was quite happy to hang around.   

Cono Sur 2015 Cab Sauv El Recurso Single Vineyard - Block № 18 (Chile)

19 Sep 2020

Cono Sur Cab Sauv El Recurso


(June 13, 2020) ... Another CoVid-era brother dinner, where I get out of the house and visit my brother and have dinner with him and his family during the days of the pandemic, Phase 3. This 5 year old Cabernet is a delight to the senses from nose to palate to finish. There's a touch of mint on the nose, which screams Chilean Cab to me, plus lots of dark berry, black cherry, smoky, spicy, vanilla, and blackberry ... There's a good tannin structure yet with a silky finish that gives hints of raspberry, mocha and cherry. By the final sip and the last drop you're dealing with a smooth, silky Cabernet.



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