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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.

Errazuriz Ovalle Marchigue 2004 Cab Franc / Petit Verdot Reserve (Chile)

27 Dec 2018

Errazuriz Ovalle Marchigue 2004

 

(August 5, 2017) ... A weird 80% Cabernet Franc / 20% Petit Verdot blend, now 13 years from vintage date and my assumption that it might be dead is well off the mark. It still shows mint / spearmint notes with cassis, spiced blueberry and oak, plus there's a dry finish that's long and woodsy ... Opened a little longer (30 mins) the mid-palate starts to really develop a coffee bean, tobacco leaf note. Now an hour on and I am super impressed, for a 13 year old wine this is awesome. Layered with spice-oak, dried fruit flavour, smoky nuances and everything else that has come before it. Thumbs up here.

 

Loredona 2009 Pinot Noir, Monterey (California)

27 Dec 2018

Loredona 2009 PN

 

(July 26, 2017) ... It's definitely no spring chicken and poses the question: does California Pinot age ... I mean well? Usually with all that fruit you would expect things would not stand up, and now with 8 years under it's belt where does it go? Upon opening it shows herbal notes and spices on the nose with dried-cranberry and anise on the palate ... A little more time open and that fruit continues to be dried and even leathery with a long finish that is cranberry dominant, the really good news is the acidity is holding on - and that is a good thing. If you're think fresh fruit, don't bother, but it certainly is an older Pinot with fruit-leather notes - does that make it good or bad? Depends on your tolerance for fruit-leather.

 

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