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.

Avenel Cellars 2012 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (California)

13 Sep 2020

Avenel Cellars


(May 25, 2020) ... Those who follow me know I have a soft spot for Zinfandel (also Gamay and Cabernet Franc), so I can let a few things slide when it comes to this grape - thankfully there is nothing to forgive here. Lots of cassis, blackberry, black cherry, vanilla with hints of smoke and smoked-fruit, like smoked cherry. There's a nice sweet fruit note on the mid-palate and a finish that doles out mocha, coffee bean, cocoa with some subtle cedar character. This wine is in a real sweet spot after 8 years from vintage date.



Tscharke 2006 Only Son (Australia)

12 Sep 2020

Tscharke Only Son


(May 16, 2020) ... Only Son is a 75% Tempranillo / 25% Graciano, two Spanish grape varieties growing in the Barossa Valley, Australia. Tempranillo is pretty well known, you can find it in all kinds of Spanish wines around the country, but Graciano (?) I have had very few wines made with and even fewer with the grape all by itself. It's a low yield, late harvested, warm climate loving grape that get very little love - but it does explain why Australia would work with it. This 14 year old wine is nice and mature with a rich and velvety texture, sure there is a pruney note of age, but there is also some smoky, vanilla and cassis notes. It's a pretty nice wine still, but not one I would hold much longer - glad I drank it when I did.


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