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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.

A Treasure Trove of Reds (Spain / Canada / Australia)

28 Dec 2018


(September 2, 2017) ... Climbing the ladder of age from 2006 to 2014 and from a small array of countries:

Lan 2006 Crianza (Spain) ... You gotta love how well Spanish wines age, and this LAN is a delight for those who like 'em aged: smoky, cedar, spiced-raspberry, balsamic-strawberry, and cinnamon all come out in this 11 year old wine.

Henry of Pelham 2012 Cabernet-Merlot, Estate (Ontario, Canada) ... A big vintage for reds in Ontario and Henry took full advantage with this Cab-Merlot blend, and it still has plenty of life left in it: spicy and still quite tannic, so it needs time in glass or even a slight decant, but once there the cassis, blackberry, cedar, cocoa, and black raspberry really wow. Surprisingly this one is still on shelves.

Mollydooker 2014 The Boxer Shiraz (Australia) ... Looking for 16% alcohol wines? Molly has you covered, their wines just have lots of booze and in the good ones you can barely tell. This one is big and rich and slightly jammy with its blackberry, black cherry and vanilla; that 16% is very well hidden.


Pedroncelli 2007 Zinfandel, Bushnell Vineyard (California)

27 Dec 2018

Pedroncelli 2007 Zinfandel


(August 20, 2017) ... No one who reads me regularly will be surprised by a Zinfandel review, or an old Zinfandel review, and this particular one is one of the first I truly fell in love with because of it's depth of character, not just sweet luscious fruit ... Now some 10 years from vintage date it's time to look over what has happened to this wine.  Still some wonderful aromas to lure you into the glass: plum, vanilla, white pepper, and black cherry - it still smelled young and vibrant, I had to look at the label to make sure I grabbed the older vintage. The palate was big and spicy, with echos of plum from the nose adding blackberry and vanilla with a spicy-oak finish ... Rich but very well-balanced, so spicy yet very tasty ... it is with a heavy heart I have to note that I did have a corked bottle in this batch, so I opened a second bottle, and this more than made up for it.

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