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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.

Tapestry 2009 BG&V Shiraz (Australia)

14 Apr 2019

Tapestry 2009


(January 29, 2019) ... There's something about some of these old Australian Shirazes that really are my jam - sometimes when they are young they can be a little jammy and a little sweet, but if you can find one that has the tannins and acid to back them up then you're in for a treat as it ages. This one has the sub-text of Baker's Gully & Vignerons vineyard, which gives us the place it is from in the McLaren Vale ... now at 10 years of age there are so many layers to discover: eucalyptus, spice , blackberry and cherry, then there's smoky, earthy and meaty notes that lie under all that great fruit ... there are also definitive hits of red and black pepper, raspberry and spiced-cocoa on the finish ... Tannins are still aggressive but show signs of mellowing into silkiness as it rests in the glass. And as it sits it also develops a little cocoa on the nose. Plenty of complexity here that seems to hang on for the duration of the evening - and that bodes well for the future of this wine surviving another decade.


Concha y Toro 2009 Gran Reserva Series Riberas Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)

14 Apr 2019


CyT 2009 Riberas Cab Sauv(February 2, 2019) ... It starts off minty on the nose then develops lots of woody character ... The tannins are of the wood variety and quite aggressive. Around the 2 hour mark things start to change for the better: cassis and pencil shavings begin to show up, but the wood character sticks around adding a little spice to the mix.  The finish is bitter with notes of cocoa, earth and oak. This one's not at its best, but at least the mint is constant.


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