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.

Roux Pere & Fils 2011 Mercurey "La Perriere" (Burgundy)

14 May 2020

Roux Pere & Fils

 

(March 28, 2020) ... I decided to put a little chill on this wine before opening it and I was rewarded mightily - it came out of the glass with lots of typical Pinot character:  earthy, strawberry, sour cherry and white pepper; the acidity helped focus it and even helped to keep it feeling fresh and light on the tongue. An interesting floral note also dipped in and out with each sniff and each sip - quite a pleasant experience. As the wine warmed in the glass it developed a nice tannin punch on the finish, while also showcasing strawberries, red currants and smoked-pepper.  I love Mercurey Pinot and this one did not disappoint.

 

Riverina Estate 2002 Warburn Premium Reserve Cabernet Merlot (Australia)

13 May 2020

Warburn

 

(March 23, 2020) ... I have a by-the-glass decanter for an occasions just like this one ... this 18 year old Australian blend, when I first opened it, was cranky and odd, so I tried the single serve decanter and discovered that if I went down this route I would kill this wine in an instant so instead I let it gracefully age in glass, because it did have potential of going somewhere interesting.

Aromas showed a definite aged wine character with its earthy, fig, prune, forest floor, and an odd bit of burnt caramel ... the palate also showed some signs of life, and a much younger side than the nose: herbal, smoky, earthy, slight prune, delicate pepper with dried blackberry and sun dried tomatoes ... I was at least impressed by the complexity it was showing.  But it was not a long lived wine in the glass - an hour was about all it had to show before collapsing in on itself ... The wine is not dead, it definitely has a pulse, but it's a faint one.

 

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