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.

Vina Robles 2008 Red4 (California)

11 Mar 2019

Red4 2008

 

(December 14, 2018) ... The four in the name of this wine refers to the four grapes that go into this Rhone Valley red blend by way of California:  Syrah (62%), Petite Sirah (34%), Mourvedre (2%), Grenache (2%) ... Now ten years on it is still as beautiful a bottle of wine (as it was in its youth), maybe even better, now that it has had time to settle and the grapes to get used to being together; with lots of dark fruit, plum, blackberry, Christmas spices, vanilla, black cherry - hints of mocha, white pepper and a pretty good hit of tannins ... age has really helped this wine a lot and if I have any more I'd be willing to hold it another 5 years or more.

 

Chateau de Gaudou 2005 Cahors

06 Mar 2019

 

(September 04, 2018) ... Those old school Cahors wines are finally starting to come around, what was once a big bruising, tannic wine made from 80% Malbec / 15% Merlot and 5% Tannat has really smoothed out with great dark fruit, menthol, molasses and smoke notes ... time to think about a big glass or a decanter for these.

 

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